Learn More About Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Overview

Learn More About Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

One of the first steps after an idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) diagnosis is understanding the condition. Diplomat is here to help.

But remember: The information here — and on linked sites — is not meant to replace advice, care, or a diagnosis from your physician. If you have questions about your condition, please ask your provider.

Overview

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is a blood-clotting disorder caused by the immune system attacking and destroying platelets. A platelet count between 150,000 and 400,000 is normal. Someone is considered to have ITP if they have a platelet count below 100,000 and no other condition to which it might be attributed.

The severity of ITP varies. Many patients do not need serious medical intervention, but some experience severe internal and external bleeding. Paper cuts or teeth-brushing can cause traumatic events.

Children usually have acute ITP that lasts less than six months. Among adults, ITP typically is more lasting and severe. This is known as chronic ITP, and it can last up to several years, with recurrences possible.

Sources

Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center

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