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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
Purpura Outbreaks [posted
Answer: Vicodin wouldn't;but, this needs to be evaluated more fully.
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
(ITP) [posted 8/6/98]
Answer: ITP stands for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. This is a disease where antibodies from your body attack the platelets. This is usually triggered after a viral illness. This is usually seen in children. Adults can get chronic ITP - again auto-immune, but not triggered by an infectious process. The antibodies on the platelets are seen as foreign and attacked by your immune system. Treatment focuses on decreasing the immune system by use of steroids, occasionally spleenectomy depending on the severity of the problem.
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