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The Platelet Antibody test looks for platelet antibodies in the blood to determine the cause of a low platelet count.

What is Platelet Antibody?

Platelets are the components in blood that makes it clot. Platelets are made in the bone marrow with white and red blood cells. Though they are little in volume, they are important for body functioning. Platelet Antibody test is used to find out the cause of a low platelet count by detecting platelet antibodies in the blood.

Why is Platelet Antibody suggested?

Your doctor will ask you to get a Platelet Antibody test for the following symptoms:

  • Easy bruising of the skin.
  • Wounds that bleed for a longer time than they should.
  • Frequent bleeding from the nose.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding in women.

How is Platelet Antibody performed?

The Platelet Antibody test is done in the following way:

  • A lab technician draws blood from a vein in your arm or hand.
  • The blood sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

This is how a Platelet Antibody test is done.

What are the parameters measured in the Platelet Antibody?

The Platelet Antibody test measures the presence of platelet antibodies in the blood sample provided.

Preparation before performing Platelet Antibody

There is no special preparation necessary for a Platelet Antibody test. You need to inform your doctor about any medications you might be taking.

Post-care after Platelet Antibody

There is no post-care necessary after Platelet Antibody test.


The sample type in Platelet Antibody test is:

  • Whole blood

Side effects/risks of Platelet Antibody

The Platelet Antibody test has the following risks because it is performed with a needle:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Dizziness
  • Stinging sensation when the needle pierces the skin.
  • Soreness in the puncture site.

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