So let's wrap this video up.
A platelet count that is abnormal
is often a sign of an underlying
or a side effect from a medication.
Point is, you're going to have to do some
more investigating with the healthcare team
to find out what's causing this
abnormal platelet count.
Thrombocytopenia is a platelet count
that's lower than normal,
or thrombocytosis is a platelet count
that's higher than normal.
Platelets work with the coagulation
cascade to form a platelet plug.
And we're really glad that they do,
otherwise, we would just ooze
all over the place.
Primary thrombocytosis can cause very
serious bleeding or clotting complications,
but remember, it's less common
than secondary thrombocytosis.
And thrombocytopenia will prevent
the patient from clotting normally,
and will increase the risk for bleeding.
So handle them with extra care
and educate them very clearly.
Thank you for watching our video today.