A BRIEF OVERVIEW of ITP
Immune thrombocytopenic (ITP) is a rare autoimmune disorder. The person’s blood does not clot properly because the blood-clotting platelets are destroyed by antibodies. ITP, like most auto immune disorders are more commonly found in women, though this is not exclusive.
Symptoms include bruising easily, a rash of small red dots, bleeding from the gums or any area of the body, frequent nosebleeds and abnormal menstruation.The great thing about ITP is that it is very rarely life threatening – The crap part is that having it still sucks!!
The acronym I.T.P stands for Immune Thrombocytopenia. The old acronym for ITP was Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia, but it was changed in 2007 in an effort to standardise the terminology around the world. ITP was kept as the acronym to make it easier to access old information about the disorder.
ITP affects approximately 1 in every 10 000 people.
The normal number of platelets varies from person to person, but is commonly seen somewhere between 150 and 400 x 109 per litre. Normal Platelet numbers vary between men and woman, and are different depending on your age. A platelet count can be influenced by pregnancy, chemotherapy, infection and other lifestyle and health factors.