Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which is also called immune thrombocytopenia, affects children and adults. Children often develop ITP after a viral infection.

Scientist's say that they have mapped ITP on chromosome 20 with other rare diseases.

If you have ITP, you will see pinpoint sized red spots on your body. You would also be noticing that you're bruising easily and that you keep bleeding because your blood doesn't clot.

ITP is diagnosed by finding low platelets.

In children, ITP usually resolves without any treatment. If not then they would need to take steroids or get a blood transfusion. Adults commonly need treatment with medications for bleeding.

This disorder cannot be passed on.

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