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Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura


Other Names for this Disease
  • Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura
  • ITP
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura autoimmune
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Overview


Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder characterized by too few platelets in the blood. This is because platelets are being destroyed by the immune system. Symptoms may include bruising, nosebleed or bleeding in the mouth, bleeding into the skin, and abnormally heavy menstruation. With treatment, the chance of remission (a symptom-free period) is good. Rarely, ITP may become a chronic ailment in adults and reappear, even after remission.[1]
Last updated: 4/22/2011

References

  1. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). MedlinePlus. 2006; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000535.htm. Accessed 10/10/2008.
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