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Kerstie12 Thu May 17, 2018 11:01 AM

Confused about my sons BM results
Hi, Iím a newbie on here, my 12 year old son has been diagnosed chronic ITP with platelet counts for the last year never going higher than 60 and as low as 34. He recently had a bone marrow biopsy which was hypocellilar and at 30%.
My son is always fighting sore throats and generally has gone from being a normal lad to feeling tired and sometimes struggles to make a full day at school. His consultant feels there maybe some signs of AA going on and has told us he wants to watch and wait.
As a mum Iím so worried that thereís something I should be doing, I hate seeing him so run down and tearful.
Has anyone heard of having AA with only platelets being the problem ( and the low cellularity).
Does ITP cause low cellularity normally, I didnít think it did but would love some advice.

Hopeful Sun Jun 24, 2018 01:34 PM

Hi Kerstie12,

Sorry to miss your post. How is your son doing now? Is he still fighting constant infections?

Viruses can cause a decrease in platelets and decrease bone marrow cellularity. Usually the body can recover from this on its own, but if the immune attack gets out of control, aplastic anemia can evolve.

For some people with AA, platelets can also be the first blood line to drop.

Hopefully, your son is regaining his strength now!

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