The autoimmune disease affecting children and adults alike

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Chronic ITP: -And then we have the chronic version of the condition, which can last six months or longer. 

Name change: -Originally called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP now stands for immune thrombocytopenia. 

Acute ITP: -There are two main types of ITP, the first one being the acute (and most common) version of the condition. 

Causes: -Platelets help blood coagulate, which is how our bodies stop bleeding and we heal from wounds and cuts.

Treatment: -Treatment will depend on a number of factors, namely the total number of platelets and how often, and how much, the patient bleeds.

Symptoms: -Easy, unexplained bruising is one of the most common symptoms. 

Type of condition: -ITP is an autoimmune disease, but it's not hereditary, nor is it contagious. 

How does it manifest: -ITP is caused by an immune reaction against a person’s own platelets. 

Diagnosis: -Diagnosis is usually done after a thorough physical exam, as well as blood work. 

What is ITP: -ITP is an autoimmune disorder caused by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.

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