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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Purpura Outbreaks [posted 11/19/98]
Question: For the last 25 yrs I've been getting outbreaks of purpura. sometimes is just a few little spot other times it is a lot. I haven't been sick and am in pretty good health. I am very fair and bruise pretty easily would taking vicodin cause these outbreaks because recently I've been taking this for severe osteoporosis if you could e-mail me I would really appreciate it.

Answer: Vicodin wouldn't;but, this needs to be evaluated more fully.

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) [posted 8/6/98]
Question: I was diagnosed with ITP a few days ago. I'm not really too sure what it is. I know it's something to do with white platelets being ineffective.

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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