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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Itp (Overview)

ITP is a bleeding disorder in which platelets are destroyed by the immune system. Platelets are found in the blood and help blood to clot. Common symptoms include abnormal bleeding and easy bruising.


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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Itp (Overview)

ITP is a bleeding disorder in which platelets are destroyed by the immune system. Platelets are found in the blood and help blood to clot. Common symptoms include abnormal bleeding and easy bruising.


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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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Platelet count: 160k/may 110k/august 92k/september 93k/november. Rest of blood report normal. No bleeding disorder in family. No other symptoms. Itp?

Platelet count: 160k/may 110k/august 92k/september 93k/november. Rest of blood report normal. No bleeding disorder in family. No other symptoms. Itp?

Maybe: One must question why blood tests are being done so often in a well 20 year old? Medications and certain conditions can lead to low platelets. Itp is 1 cause. An evaluation by a hematologist might be needed to determine the cause of a low platelet count. ...Read more

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What sort of tests will I need to test me for itp?

ITP testing: A complete blood count (CBC) is usually ordered as the screening test for platelet destruction problems such as occurs in itp. Other testing is needed to confirm this diagnosis. ...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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Where do the antibodies that cause itp come from?

ITP: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is an autoimmune disorder meaning that there is a genetic flaw in the deep immunitiy (memory cell and t cell system) recognition system in regards to your platetets. ...Read more

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How do you treat itp in adults?

How do you treat itp in adults?

Oral steroids: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is a condition in which autoimmune antibodies against platelets causes an increased rate of destruction. Platelets are needed for normal blood clotting. Heavy periods, nose bleeding, easy brusing, and a rash (purpura) may suggest this problem. Diagnosis requires a blood count and blood clottting studies. Treatment begins with steroids (prednisone). ...Read more

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