Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura
An overview of the hemoglobin disorder, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).
This paper explains the causes, symptoms, and treatments of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) from both a biological and a patient’s perspective. It also touches upon the differences between the ways ITP occurs in children and adults and the complications the ailment can cause during pregnancy.
`Pregnancy is also a common cause of ITP. Abdul Rahim Gari-Bai, Fachartz, a noted hematologist, writes in a recent review article, that as platelets play a particularly important role in primary and secondary hemostasis during pregnancy, any decrease in their count in peripheral blood is a cause for considerable concern. Bleeding problems are especially common during the first and third trimester, as well as during and after delivery. Furthermore, the child the woman is carrying may be affected by maternal Thrombocytopenia. This is especially dangerous because babies are subject to great stress during the passage through the birth canal.`