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Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)

What is ITP?

ITP (Immune thrombocytopenia) is a rare bleeding disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys platelets in the blood.


What are Platelets?

There are three main type of cells in your blood; red cells (which carry oxygen), white cells (which fight infection) and platelets (which stop bleeding and bruising).

A normal platelet count is between 150 to 400. With ITP the platelet count can go very low, sometimes even to zero.. Symptoms

can include bruising, petechiae (pin point spots) and nose bleeds. ITP can affect anyone at any age but children generally recover within 6 weeks of diagnosis.

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