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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

ITP?

06/15/2007

Question:

My platelets have been decreasing at a rate of 8000/cmm in a week and platelets antibodies have been discovered. The doctor have not given me a diagnosis yet but she said that it is a `slow` kind of disorder. Can it be ITP? Or can ITP be more specifically categorized again? I do not experience symptoms such as bleeding gums or easy bruising, and my count isn`t critical yet but is dropping consistently at that rate.

Answer:

It's hard to say more given the information provided. I cannot tell what your absolute platelet count is.

ITP is a diagosis of exclusion, meaning that you need to exclude all other causes, and then you are left with the ITP diagnosis. The antibody test is helpful, but it really doesn't add that much more information.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University