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ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, immune thrombocytopenic purpura)

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The very first thing to do if you weree diagnosed with ITP is to find out (if you haven't done so already) what your platelet count is. If your platelet count is around 80,000 or more, there is a good chance that no treatment would be necessary and a doctor will just recommend to avoid stress and contact sports, and monitor your platelet levels frequently. Remember, the most dangerous consequence of ITP is a cranial hemorrhage or an internal bleeding and these rarely occur at levels higher than 80,000 cu/ml.

If your platelet count is between 30,000 and 80,000, a treatment is usually called for. At these levels, the risk of a spontaneous cranial hemorrhage or an internal bleeding is still very small; however, it is possible to get an internal bleeding from an injury or fall. Also, you are probably experiencing increasing bruising, fatigue and/or other symptoms that are the direct result of your low platelet count.

A platelet count lower than 30,000 cu/ml can be potentially life-threatening due to a heightened risk of spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage, gastro-intestinal bleeding or bleeding caused by trauma. Avoid manual labor and contact sports. Your doctor may opt to temporarily boost your platelet count before commencing the usual treatment.

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