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Clinical Laboratory Test:
whole blood — platelets

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Description

The clinical test platelets are obtained from a patient's whole blood by a process called plateletpheresis. This process involves drawing the patient's blood through a sterile needle and tubing system into a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the blood into its components, including platelets, red blood cells, and plasma. The platelets are then collected and stored in a sterile container for further testing. The remaining components of the blood are returned to the patient. Plateletpheresis is a safe and effective way to obtain platelets for clinical testing.

Synonyms
  • platelet count
  • plt
  • thrombocyte count
  • thrombocytes
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Platelets
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: