High platelet count

Hello~~I'm new here, though not new to basenjis.
I have a 10 year old n/m rescue that is showing a high platelet count; platelets look normal, just way elevated numbers. My rural vet doesn't see any other basenjis besides mine and didn't have much to say about this, other than "it might be a bone marrow issue" and felt we could proceed with a scheduled surgery for lipoma removal.
Just wondering if anyone has seen this and what might be the cause?

He has been a little on the tired side the past few months and he has some soreness in his back and neck sometimes.

Thanks for any thoughts!

What does the rest of the blood work show? Are all the other values normal?

Yes, the vet said everything else is w/i normal limits.

I would think that you would have found that he was a bit anemic… and I would be concerned with the change to being more tired... along with the soreness....

I can't help, but someone here probably can. Hugs for your hurting b.

@tanza:

I would think that you would have found that he was a bit anemic… and I would be concerned with the change to being more tired... along with the soreness....

Yeah, he has me worried, yet it doesn't make sense that only the platelet count would be odd in the CBC.

Online, there are several possible issues that can cause elevated platelet count:

Thyroid
Hemolytic Anemia
Pyrovate Kinase (PK)
Giardia

…but I can't find any illnesses that only exhibit that one spike by itself.

No need to worry about PK. He is much too old for that. Before I would start worrying unnecessarily I would see if the high count is repeatable. If it is, most labs have a pathologist. I rec'd your vet consult with the pathologist and see what they have to say about where to go (ie more testing, xrays, ultrasound, etc or perhaps he might say the elevation is not so great to worry about at this time in light of no other lab abnormalities.

Good luck.


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@rose:

and felt we could proceed with a scheduled surgery for lipoma removal.

Just curious - is there an actual lump/lipoma somewhere on your b that can be felt or was noticed on any type of x-ray?

@Kipawa:

Just curious - is there an actual lump/lipoma somewhere on your b that can be felt or was noticed on any type of x-ray?

Yes, he has several lipomas.

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