What is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)?
ITP is a blood disorder characterized by an abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in the blood. Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding. A decrease in platelets can result in easy bruising, bleeding gums, and internal bleeding. “Idiopathic” means the cause is unknown.“Thrombocytopenia” means a decreased number of platelets in the blood.“Purpura” refers to the purple discoloring of the skin, as with a bruise.
What causes idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?
Idiopathic means no known cause. However, when a cause can be identified, it may be a result of the following: medications (including over-the-counter medications)infectionpregnancyimmune disorders
Treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura:
Specific treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura will be determined by your physician based on: your age, overall health, and medical historyextent of the diseaseyour tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapiesexpectations for the course of the diseaseyour opinion or preference