|To your good health: Bleeding disease requires hematologist's care|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
DEAR DR. ROACH: My brother is 71 and is having a very difficult time with an extremely low blood platelet count (20). He was supposed to have surgery, but cannot because of this issue. They cannot seem to find a cause or manage it well. He has been in and out of hospitals for three months and is tested every week. The only thing that seems to help temporarily is prednisone, although he is having difficulty with the side effects — his count comes within the normal range after a while on it, but slips back down when he is off it. What do you know of this disease?
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