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Can you get itp (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) from being around a person who has it? is it contagious?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Itp is an immune-mediated process that leads to a very low platelet count. It is not a contagious condition that you can get from being around somebody with the disorder.

Answered Jul 9, 2012

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Dr. James Ball answered

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Itp is considered an autoimmune or post viral immune process. In either case the problem is an immune response that causes platelet destruction. Immune responses are not contagious.

Answered Jul 21, 2012

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