Platelets (part of FBC profile)

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Platelets are an essential component of the Haemostatic system and adequate numbers of functional platelets are required for normal Haemostasis. The platelet count is used as part of a screen when easy bruising/bleeding is suspected or where numbers may be increased leading to thrombotic risk. It may also be used to follow the progress of therapies which may reduce numbers (chemotherapy). Platelet numbers may be reduced in a number of disease states including Leukaemia, ITP, TTP and other bone marrow failures. The platelet count does not measure platelet function