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What is idiopathic thrombocytopenia? How do people get it, and is it self-curing?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Group of diseases

This is fairly common, caused by antibodies against, or antigen-antibody complexes adhering to, your sticky platelets.
Mild or severe, the tendency to bruise and bleed prompts confirmatory lab testing. It can appear suddenly, often after a viral illness and often disappears on its own. Or it can stay on / be discovered as an chronic illness of variable severity, best managed by a hematologist.

In brief: Group of diseases

This is fairly common, caused by antibodies against, or antigen-antibody complexes adhering to, your sticky platelets.
Mild or severe, the tendency to bruise and bleed prompts confirmatory lab testing. It can appear suddenly, often after a viral illness and often disappears on its own. Or it can stay on / be discovered as an chronic illness of variable severity, best managed by a hematologist.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: ITP is just what...

It sounds like. It is characterized by bleeding, bruising (purpura) and petechiae that develop due to a low PLT count (thrombocytopenia), and where the 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 PLT count low. It can be acute or chronic.

In brief: ITP is just what...

It sounds like. It is characterized by bleeding, bruising (purpura) and petechiae that develop due to a low PLT count (thrombocytopenia), and where the 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 PLT count low. It can be acute or chronic.
Dr. Michael Engel
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