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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is immune thrombocytopenic purpura?

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys platelets, the cells in the blood that help to clot. ITP can cause platelet levels to drop and results in easy bruising and bleeding. Triggers include infections like HIV, hepatitis, etc.

Symptoms of immune thrombocytopenic purpura

  • Bruising easily

  • Blood in stool

  • Bloody or red urine

  • Red spots on the skin

  • Purple rash

  • Bleeding inside joint

Questions your doctor may ask to check for immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose immune thrombocytopenic purpura

  • Do you bleed easily, even due to minor injuries?

  • Is there blood in your stool?

  • Have you ever had red or brown urine (hematuria)?

  • Do you have small red dots which look like bleeding under the skin?

  • Do you have purple spots on your skin?

Treatment for immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Children with ITP usually recover without treatment. Adults need treatment with medication to suppress the immune system. Blood transfusions may be required to support the body. Rarely the spleen may need to be removed to prevent the destruction of the platelets.

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Diseases related to Immune thrombocytopenic purpura


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