Platelet Count

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Also known as: Thrombocyte count

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To count the number of platelets present in blood. This may be performed if there are symptoms of a bleeding disorder, an unexplained blood clot, or to check that the bone marrow is working as it should.

When to Get Tested?

The platelet count is performed as part of a full blood count (FBC) analysis, which may be carried out as a general screen during routine healthcare examinations or for the diagnosis or monitoring of diseases that affect the blood and bone marrow.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None