Dr. Nabili received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. He then completed his graduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His graduate training included a specialized fellowship in public health where his research focused on environmental health and health-care delivery and management.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Platelets are important elements in the blood that are important for blood
and prevention of bleeding). The normal platelet count ranges between 150,000
and 450,000 per microliter (one-millionth of a liter).
Although the number of platelets is decreased, their function may remain intact
in most cases of thrombocytopenia.
All blood cells (white cells, red cells, and
platelets) are made in the bone marrow. Platelets are derived from larger cells in the bone marrow called
megakaryocytes. Fragments of megakaryocytes are platelets, which are released
into the bloodstream. Only about 2/3 of platelets released into the blood stream
circulate in the blood, and the remaining 1/3 is typically captured by the
spleen. The life cycle of platelets is usually about 7-10 days; therefore, the
old ones are continuously being replaced by new ones.
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