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Can autoimmune cause henoch schonlein purpura?

Can autoimmune cause henoch schonlein purpura?

Yes, it is autommune: Vasculitis below the waste, possible renal involvement. It an autoimmune disease that can be bad. Most patients will have a short lived course. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Does itp (immune thrombocytopenic purpura) weaken the immune system?

Does itp (immune thrombocytopenic purpura) weaken the immune system?

No: Itp does not supress immune system. Itp is treated commonly with immunesupressive agents such as corticosteroids, rituxan- and thse treatment would supresse immune system. ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

No: It can be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the underlying autoimmune disorder may be hereditary; but the autoimmune hemolytic anemia is not hereditary. It is simply the manifestation of the underlying disorder. There are also several causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that are not inherited. ...Read more

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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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Is auto immune deficiency treatable?

Is auto immune deficiency  treatable?

Absolutely: 1st: are you talking about an immune deficiency or an autoimmune disease? Both can be treated but they require different specialists so you need to know your diagnosis before you decide whom to see. ...Read more

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Is auto immune deficiency treatable?

Is auto immune deficiency treatable?

Clear definition: Immune deficiency means that there is a defect in the immune system, and the person is more susceptible to have infectious diseases and cancer. There are ways to help be free of infections. Autoimmunity is a disorder in which the immune system attacks one or more of our own organs, due to a defect of regulation/tolerance. Treatment is with medications to suppress the immune responses. ...Read more

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Is lupus erythematosus infectious?

Is lupus erythematosus infectious?

No: Is a immune based disease does not recognize self and attacks multiple organs. ...Read more

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Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC ?

Not usually: It depends on the type of autoimmune disorder. In most cases autoimmune hemolytic anemia does not affect WBC. But some autoimmune disorders like SLE may cause hemolytic anemia and neutropenia as well. ...Read more

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Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis causes: The answer to your question is "it may be" an auto-immune disorder. Polyarthritis is most often caused by an auto-immune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus erythematosus. In addition, it may also be caused by infection with an alphavirus such as chikungunya virus and ross river virus. Ask your physician for more information in your instance. ...Read more

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Are ibd autoimmune?

Yes: Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease where our own immune systems attacts certain components of your intestinal track. This is way most medicines used to treat this do suppress certain components of the immune system. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, wha tis this?

Platelets destroyed: ITP is a bruising disease where your platelets are destroyed for an unknown reason and it causes you to bleed. This oversimplified but a complicated answer won't fit in 400 characters. ...Read more

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Does having 1 autoimmune disorder predispose u2 others? Mom with hoshimoto's>psoriatic arthritis>viral hepatitis>acute myeloid leukemia.

Yes: The presence of an autoimmune disorder points to dysregulation of the immune system and thus one is far more likely to have other autoimmune diseases . However, it is not directly linked to viral hepatitis or AML. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia an auto immune disease?

No: No fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome and not a disease. This means it is a collection of symptoms. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. It is felt to be the result of overactive nerves. There appears to be abnormal processing of pain in the central nervous system. (the brain and the spinal cord). ...Read more

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Itp - idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, what is this?

Itp - idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, what is this?

ITP is just what...: It sounds like. It is characterized by bleeding, bruising (purpura) and petechiae that develop because of a low PLT count (aka thrombocytopenia), and where the specific trigger for thrombocytopenia is not known (idiopathic). We do know that in itp, the pt makes antibodies to auto-antigens found on the PLT surface (often pla-1) which mark them for destruction. This makes the PLT count low. ...Read more

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Is dermatomyositis an autoimmune disease?

Is dermatomyositis an autoimmune disease?

Dermatomyositis: Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease that affects skin and muscles. Anti body associated with this is anti-jo a/b . Dermatomyositis follows a viral illness or as autoimmune entity . In few patients it is present with cancer. It also affects lungs, heart and esophagus . It also overlaps at times with lupus. Scleroderma and sjogren's . Diagnosis by muscle /skin biopsy. ...Read more

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How is autoimmune hemolytic anemia diagnosed?

Bloodwork: An examination may reveal an enlarged spleen. Tests include: direct coombs' test hemoglobin in the urine indirect coombs' test red blood cell count and serum hemoglobin reticulocyte count serum bilirubin levels serum haptoglobin. ...Read more

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Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Is RA an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Here is an excellent summary http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001467/.

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Am i less likely to have a heart attack? I have autoimmune itp and i was wondering since my blood has a hard time clotting if i'm less likely.

ITP is prothrombotic: Autoimmune itp is a pro-thrombotic disorder; the chance of abnormal clots is always there. Abnormal blood clots usually tend to happen either in the veins or in the arteries. Watch for deep veins thrombosis first; but you are not protected from a coronary event by your itp ; low platelet count. ...Read more

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Can I use the nuvaring birth control with autoimmune itp? Last platelet count a month ago was in normal range.

Can I use the nuvaring birth control with autoimmune itp? Last platelet count a month ago was in normal range.

Yes!: Yes, you can use it. However, it depends on how low your platelet count, you may have to be cautious, particularly if platelet count is below 50, 000. Consult with a hematologist.. ...Read more

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I'm confused. Will having autoimmune itp put me at a higher risk of blood clots on hormonal birth control? I thought I have a hard time clotting.

It depends on your clinical status: The finding of itp is just the beginning. We need to know what else is associated with the itp. You're correct sometimes there's decreased clotting. But sometimes we see low platelets with clotting disorders such as the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. This is something you need to clarify with your physician. ...Read more

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I have ITP and autoimmune neutropenia. Does it mean I have Evan's syndrome?

Yes but this is not: The diagnosis depends on what else is happening. Howver its overall pathology resembles a combination of autoimmune hemolytic anemia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and not neutropenia.You may have something else. Your physician can have you see a hematologist and check you for other autoimmune diseases like lupus ...Read more

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Can you have more then 3 autoimmune diseases at once? Eg: hashimotos itp, celiac? The more you have, are you at a higher risk to acquire even more?

Can you have more then 3 autoimmune diseases at once? Eg: hashimotos itp, celiac? The more you have, are you at a higher risk to acquire even more?

Yes: Yes, it is possible to have more than one autoimmune condition. Certain combinations are more common than others. Having one condition definitely makes it more likely that you could get a 2nd condition, compared to someone without autoimmunity. However the most common number of autoimmune conditions to have is one, followed by two, and progressively fewer people with 3, 4, or more conditions. ...Read more

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ITP being an auto-immune disease, would a diet with less vitamin A, C and B6, proteins and probiotics to reduce the immune response be useful?

ITP being an auto-immune disease, would a diet with less vitamin A, C and B6, proteins and probiotics to reduce the immune response be useful?

No: ITP is an autoimmune disease in which platelets are destroyed and maybe even inhibited in production. Depending on the platelet count and clinical findings treatment can range from observation follow-up to multiple drug regimens. Dietary changes other than a well balanced and nutritional diet do not help. ...Read more

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What are the tests for itp?

What are the tests for itp?

ITP: Thrombocytopenia or low platelet level can be caused by so many things such as drugs, platelet consumption by clots, infections, vitamin deficiency, cancer related etc. Your doctor has to rule out all those possibilities and ultimately to do a bone marrow biopsy to eval bone marrow. See your md and discuss further re-diagnosis approach/treatment and other things you need to know re - itp. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of itp?

What are the symptoms of itp?

Symptom: Most of the time itp patients are asymptomatic and the only abnormality they have is the low platelet level on their blood counts. They can have bruising, tiny red dots on the skin, roof of the mouth etc- ( ptechiae) or other type of bleeding such as bleeding in the gum , only if platelet level goes down really low-below 30k or so. ...Read more

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What're the main causes of itp?

In the old days....: The "i" in itp stood for idiopathic, which means we didn't know what was causing the problem. We now know this to be an autoimmune process where antibodies recognize proteins on the surface of platelets and target them for destruction by the reticuloendothelial system. Most cases follow an infection (usually viral), but they can also be the presenting feature of autoimmune disorders or malignancy. ...Read more

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What are the corollaries of getting itp?

Bruising, bleeding: People with itp may be at an increased risk of bruising or bleeding, depending on the platelet count and other factors, such as medications. If needed, itp can be treated with steroids or other medications. In some instances, removing the spleen (splenectomy) may be recommended. If you are to require surgery, the surgeon should be made aware of this condition. ...Read more

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Can itp be fatal?

Can be, but rare: Most people w/ treated itp can expect to live a normal life span. Platelets help the blood clot, so a person w/ extremely low platelets (due to immune system attack in itp) can have fatal bleeding esp in the brain. However, this happens <1% of the time. Your doctor will monitor your platelets, and there are many treatments for itp such as Prednisone that can help maintain a good platelet count. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of itp?

Good: Most patients are able to recover platelet counts and have a mortality rate similar to the general population. For more details see this link. http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/content/97/9/2549.long. ...Read more

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Is itp one a psychosomatic disease?

Is itp one a psychosomatic disease?

Autoimmune disease: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp) is an autoimmune disease. In this potentially life-threatening disorder self antibodies directed against platelets result in low levels of platelets in the blood. Platelets are necessary for effective blood clotting. People with itp can die from loss of blood after trauma of from a brain hemorrhage. Death is not a psychosomatic disease. ...Read more

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Why can't i give blood if i had itp?

Why can't i give blood if i had itp?

?antibodies: Because if you have antibodies in tyour blood that attack platelets, thaey could be given to the recipient. Also, itp may actuall be another condition, like lymphoma. ...Read more

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What's the mortality rate for people with itp?

It's very rare, but: Does happen. If ones platelet count fall to low enough, spontaneous bleeding can occur. Head bleeds, for example, can be both spontaneous and life-threatening. That being said, the plts that a person with itp does have tend to be more thrombofenic because they are "younger". This helps to mitigate the consequences of low PLT count. Your dr. Can give you additional info. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does anyone knows how effective is rituximav if I have itp?

Response rate 20-30%: Recent review in blood in may 2012 looked at several articles and found a 5-year response rate in adults to be around 26%. Meaning these patients had a sustained elevation of their platelet count for 5 years. Initially the response rate is close to 60%. It is given weekly for 4 weeks. So in summary, it works well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When should an itp patient seek emergency medical attention?

When should an itp patient seek emergency medical attention?

Bleeding: You should seek medical care when you notice an increase in the frequency or severity of bruising or bleeding. It does not necessarily require a visit to an emergency room, but you should at least contact your hematologist. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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When I was 3 I was diagnosed and hospitalized for ITP. I'm a 22-year-old female now and I haven't had issues since. Should I worry?

Nothing to worry : Most people who have had ITP in childhood don't have issues as adults. However having said that Please keep eyes on any abnormal petchiae (small subcutaneous bleeds) or from the gums. If you ever have suspicion check with your doctor to get a platelets count. ...Read more

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Itp (Definition)

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) = bleeding disorder in ...Read more