Overview of Thrombocythemia and Thrombocytosis
Thrombocythemia and thrombocytosis are disorders in which an excessive number of platelets are present in the blood, which generally increases the tendency to form blood clots. There are a number of possible causes, and a good differential diagnosis is necessary prior to treatment. When the cause is unknown (idiopathic, essential, or primary), the condition is called thrombocythemia; when the condition demonstrated to be caused by some other disease or disorder (secondary or reactive), the condition is called thrombocytosis [NIH].
In most cases, thrombocythemia and thrombocytosis are asymptomatic, but there is increased risk of developing serious problems such as blood clots leading to stroke or other life-threatening conditions, especially in the case of thrombocythemia. However, most people with thrombocythemia have a normal life expectancy if properly treated [NIH]. The prognosis for people with thrombocytosis depends on the secondary condition that is causing the elevated platelet count.
Paradoxically, in some cases thrombocythemia may result in dysfunctional platelets that are ineffective in clotting, therefore leading to bleeding or bruising [NIH]; this may be associated with von Willebrand Disease. On the other hand, thrombocytosis usually produces platelets that have normal function
Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative treatments for thrombocythemia and thrombocytosis that are considered below include: