Many doctors will quickly dismiss any likelihood of passing ITP from mother to child during pregnancy. That is because it is incredibly unlikely. It is rare for an ITP mother to give birth to an ITP baby. And yet, in many cases you have probably heard that you have a ‘genetic predisposition’ to the Autoimmune disorder. Where do our genetics come from again? Oh that’s right. Our parents.
Firstly, I want to let you know that my mother and I both see the same Haematologist; ITP, autoimmune haemolytic anemia, Hughes Syndrome, Lupus Antibodies, SLE and now Raynard’s Phenomenon. But I have three other siblings. So if I got ITP from my mum, then we would all have ITP right?
The other day I read the story of Beckie Mostello whom after battling ITP herself, found out her 10 year old daughter also had ITP. This was after she herself had become healthy and believed that ITP was in her families past. It is really just a fluke? I can’t believe it.
Another young girl wrote to me a few months ago, explaining the story of her diagnosis and how her mother has been dealing with ITP in her life too. At the time of writing to me, she was struggling with coincidence of it all.
NATURE vs NURTURE with ITP
At the moment, research papers such as the ‘Analysis of Families in the Multiple Autoimmune Disease Genetic Consortium Collection’ and ‘Emerging Patterns of Genetic Overlap across Autoimmune Disorders,‘ are looking for information about the hereditary nature of autoimmune disorders, but are still coming up short with definitive answers. Neither study can differentiate the effects of nature vs nurture on the immune response of families.
After looking around online, I cannot help but think that Medical research is right on the cusp of finding the answer to this question. The hereditary nature of autoimmune diseases is being examined as we speak. It will be exciting to discover the answers, when they are finally published. I am sure it will be soon.
My family is participating in a genetic research program in Australia. Clinical trail doctors were interested to hear that my mother and I both suffer from different autoimmune disorders. The trial is taking place now, and we are unsure of when the findings will be published.
Do you have multiple autoimmune diseases in your family? Do you share ITP in the family? So much of what we know about ITP is anecdotal evidence. Please share your information below.