The normal range for platelets is between 150,000 and 400,000 platelets per microliter (uL). Thrombocytopenia is the term for patients with lower than normal platelet counts, while thrombocytosis refers to those with higher than normal levels. Monitoring platelet levels can indicate how well a patient’s blood can clot. In a scenario of low platelets or thrombocytopenia, patients experience bleeding, bruising, or petechiae. In high platelet levels or thrombocythemia, patients are predisposed to clot formation.
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