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A 37-year-old member asked:

i read a blog post about itp. but i'm still not clear - what is it?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
ITP: It is an autoimmune disorder where your body's own antibodies act the platelets. If it becomes overwhelming and the platelet numbers drop too low, bleeding can occur. If any concerns, you should see a hematologist.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Dr. Mutnick is correct. The real danger is when very low platelet counts to such low levels that bleeding in the brain leads to a stroke.
Mar 10, 2012
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Low platelets: Itp stands for immune (or idiopathic) thrombocytopenic purpura, a fancy term for a low platelet count with bruising. This is a disease of the immune system, where platelets are targeted for destruction and removed by the spleen. People have varying degrees of low platelets. Treatment will depend on how low the platelets are, and how severe bruising is.

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