Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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The Effects of 'Low Platelets'

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 11:10 AM

Dear Dr. Hibberd: I was informed by my doctor that my blood work revealed I have “low thyroid plates.” Do you know what this means?

Answer: Did your doctor say, “low platelets”?
Platelet disorders are more common in thyroid patients than they are in the general population. Normally you have about 2.5 million platelets and despite their small size, they play a major role in helping your blood to clot normally. Some thyroid patients experience easy bruising due to a decrease in the number or function of their platelets. This can get worse if you are also taking aspirin, or one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or Naprosyn. If that is your situation, your physician may choose to order a platelet count or check your platelet function with a "bleeding time" test, which tells how long it takes your blood to clot. He or she may also recommend that you take an alternative pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) which will not worsen your bleeding tendency.

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