This short informative video from Karela Palazio explains the function of platelets and how lupus can affect the number of platelets in the body.
The video also explains that platelets are used to form clots on wounds to stem blood loss. Lupus patients may have fewer platelets in their bodies, since the disease mistakes platelets for invaders and kills them off. This means that cuts and scrapes on lupus patients will take longer to stop bleeding and much longer to heal than those in non-lupus sufferers.
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