The autoimmune disease affecting children and adults alike
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.