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Is a splenectomy of common treatment for thrombocytopenic purpura?

Is a splenectomy of common treatment for thrombocytopenic purpura?

10% of patients: Itp is a disorder where the body forms antibodies that attach to your platelets leading to their early destruction. The greatest risk of itp is bleeding, which can occur with platelet counts below 20-30, 000. Most people will respond to medical management; if unresponsive, splenectomy is an option, with more than 2/3 of all surgical patients responsive to this treatment. ...Read more

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Non Blanching Red Or Purple Spots (Definition)

Non blanching red or purple spots can describe purpura, which is bleeding beneath the skin that does not blanch with pressure. It can be caused by platelet disorders, coagulation disordes, vascular ...Read more


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Does anyone here have treated idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura? How often does it come back again?

Does anyone here have treated idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?  How often does it come back again?

Immune T...cytopenia: Previously called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, the mechanism for isolated low platelet counts in this disorder has been elucidated as an autoimmune phenomenon and thus, it is preferably called immune thrombocytopenia. Following taper of steroids about 60-90% experience a. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura cause fertility issues?

Can idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura cause fertility issues?

Yes: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpera is an autoimmune mediate destruction of platelets due to anti-platelet antibodies. This may predispose you to disruption of successful pregnancy as result of interruption of the vascular supply to the placenta, which prevents successful pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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What's thrombocytopenic purpura?

What's thrombocytopenic purpura?

There are 2 types: Of thrombocytopenic purpura. The idiopathic type is low platelets due to immune destruction (itp). The consumption of platelets be formation of miniclots in the small vessels is called thrombotic (ttp). ...Read more

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What is an idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura ?

Low platelets: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp) is an immune-mediated problem that leads to a very low platelet count. This leads to a very high risk of bleeding. It is generally treated with immune suppressing medications such as steroids. ...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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What is thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (ttp)?

What is thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (ttp)?

Platelet disorder.: Ttp is a blood disorder in which platelets form small clots. Formation of these clots uses up so many platelets that platelet count becomes low. The clots can get stuck in small blood vessels and cause damage to red blood cells, causing anemia. Other symptoms of ttp include fever, kidney failure, & neurologic problems. The biological cause of ttp is still uncertain. ...Read more

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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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Purpura (Definition)

Purpura are non blanching red or purple spots caused by bleeding beneath the skin. The spots do not blanch with pressure. They can be caused by platelet disorders, coagulation disordes, vascular ...Read more