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Low platelets and Hep B
Dec 22, 2012

Can having hep b cause low platelets.

Response from Dr. Taylor

Yes, having hepatitis B can lead to low platelets. This occurs when the hepatitis B leads to cirrhosis, or extensive scarring, of the liver. Basically, the blood cannot flow then as easily through the liver, and the blood backs up into another organ in the belly, the spleen. The spleen becomes swollen with blood and can trap the platelets. So, the count of the platelets in the blood can look lower because the platelets are in the spleen. If one's platelets are low due to scarring in the liver, it is important to see a doctor if possible for care of possible cirrhosis.

There are many other reasons why platelets can be low, for example, alcohol use.



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