Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

Treatments

Common

Symptoms

What is ITP?

ITP is an autoimmune disease that affects the blood platelets, which means that the blood looses its ability to clot. In ITP, the immune system targets the body own blood platelets and destroys them.   Therefore, severe and fast bleeding resulted insideand outside the body1

  • Bruising2.

  • Skin red spots.

  • Nose and gums bleeding.

  • Urine and stools bleeding.

  • Heavy menstrual in women.

ITP treatments help to increase blood platelets count via reducing the immune system functions. The most common medicine for ITP is Corticosteroids. Furthermore, if the medication doesn't boost the blood platelets, removing the spleen – antibodies maker – will be considered2.

References:

  1. Mayo Clinic Staff. "Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 23 Apr. 2016. Web. 25 July 2017.

  2. "What Is Immune Thrombocytopenia?" National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 Mar. 2012. Web. 25 July 2017.

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