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What will happen if there are no platelets in the blood?


Platelets are pale yellow in colour and are also called thrombocytes; are the tiny fragments of megakaryocyte cells in which cytoplasm remains enclosed by the piece of plasma membrane but lacks nuclei. Thrombopoietin hormone is produced by the liver which increases the number of megakaryocytes in the bone marrow and which automatically stimulates platelets production. Platelets are mainly involved in blood clotting (transformation of blood from liquid into solid gel).

They helps to stop blood loss from the damaged blood vessels by forming platelet plus (thin layer). Their granules contains chemical when they released, they promote blood clotting. And, when they bind to clot and prevents from blood loss. Thus, if there are no platelets in the blood, there will be excessive loss of blood during the injury.  

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