What is ITP?

ITP, have you ever heard of it? I bet you haven’t. It stands for Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura.

ITP is a blood disorder characterized by an abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in the blood. Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding. A decrease in platelets can result in easy bruising, bleeding gums, and internal bleeding.

  • “Idiopathic” means the cause is unknown.
  • “Thrombocytopenia” means a decreased number of platelets in the blood.
  • “Purpura” refers to the purple discoloring of the skin, as with a bruise.

ITP has several different causes. The “I” in my daughter’s ITP stands for Idiopathic, meaning her doctors do not know what is causing her blood platelets to lower. The “I” in my ITP stands for Immune, my doctors thought my platelets were lowered because my platelets were coated and my Spleen was attacking my platelets.


 

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