Colleague and friend Mary Coleman, University of North Dakota referred a student in her Hematology class. The student told Prof. Coleman of a patient whose platelet count was chronically low. The student learned that a nurse told the patient there are foods that increase their platelets, such as pumpkin, kiwi, and pomegranate and wonders if this is true. The student referred to an Internet article, 9 Foods to Increase Blood Platelets.
Posts - Platelet Function Testing
Nov 26, 2019 5:57pm
Oct 16, 2019 7:48am
George presented "Von Willebrand Factor, both Friend and Foe", a talk focused on the role of von Willebrand factor in the thrombotic microangiopathies at
Jan 29, 2019 2:21pm
A patient experiences chronic moderate bleeding from a surgical site and venipuncture sites over 48 months. The bleeds consistently require intervention. There is no epistaxis and minor bruising. The only diagnostic laboratory result is impaired aggregation epinephrine and ADP agonists, and absence of arachidonic acid-induced aggregation. All other hemostasis and hematology results report within their respective reference intervals. The results appear to indicate a platelet signal transduction (signalling) disorder, or "aspirin-like disorder (ALD)." Platelet signaling disorders are often described, but seldom defined.
Jan 27, 2019 11:35am
George has attached Anne Paxton's article, Navigating the Quandaries of Coagulation Testing, (click or tap) featuring Drs. Michael Laposata, Dot Adcock, and Kristi Smock. The article features the need for laboratory-clinician communication.