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My father has a blood disease which behaves like leukemia.

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My father has a blood disease which behaves like leukemia. He has been ill for about a year now. He lives in Saint Lucia, and the doctors still have not given a diagnosis. His platelet levels are constantly being depleted, and he has to be given a transfusion regularly. Two days ago it went down to 4, and I was alarmed to hear that normal levels are between 160 and 400. Can his blood be sent overseas to be tested user those conditions, it appears there is o specialist in Saint Lucia who can provide a proper diagnosis. Thank you!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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the problem which is causing his blood counts is in his bone marrow

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what he needs is to see a hematologist and get a bone marrow biopsy.

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regular blood work will not tell what is causing his platelets to be so low.

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he could have a myleodysplastic syndrome or a type of leukemia.

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there are many types of leukemia.

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but the way to make the diagnosis is with a bone marrow biopsy.

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and sending a sample of his bone marrow to a hospital laboratory for testing by a pathologist.

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if there is a hospital in Saint Lucia, there should be a pathologist there

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any surgeon or doctor can perform a bone marrow biopsy for him.

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has he gone to tapion hospital?

JACUSTOMER-6mlxt95v- : No I do not think so. I am not on the Island, but in the UK. Can this be treated where he can recover, if it is any of those things. Thank you
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yes, there are treatments for those conditions.

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but he needs a bone marrow biopsy to find out what his blood condition is

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have him ask his doctors for a bone marrow biospy

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good luck to you and him

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