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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Itp (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What to do if I am 18, waiting for a medical waiver. I had itp and have been in remission for 9 years. will I be allowed to join?

What to do if I am 18, waiting for a medical waiver. I had itp and have been in remission for 9 years. will I be allowed to join?

Probably: I'm not sure what you're joining, but if you are in remission and not requiring ongoing treatments, your ITP will not be a problem. It often goes away and never returns. I hope that's the case for you! ...Read more

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How could one catch itp?

You don't: One does not catch itp. One develops it or acquires it. In children commonly a result of a viral infection. In adults, now referred to as immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Thought to be to increased destruction as well as underproduction of platelets. Hope this helps. ...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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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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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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How fast can I make my itp go away?

ITP in adults: Itp in adults is more likely to become chronic. The fastest way to "make it go away" is splenectomy. But usually medical treatments are tried first such as steroids and immunosuppressives. Check with your hematologist for advice. ...Read more

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Any special diet recommended for itp?

Any special diet recommended for itp?

Itp: No specific diet but avoid use of excessive soda as it can affect your blood counts. ...Read more