What is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?

Also known as: ITP, idiopathic thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenic purpura

"Idiopathic" means cause unknown. "Thrombocytopenia" means a low platelet count. Platelets are blood cells that help blood clot thereby stopping bleeding. "Purpura" is the purple color of the skin (like a bruise) seen when bleeding into the skin occurs. There are 2 forms of the blood disorder called Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP -Acute thrombocytopenic purpura or Chronic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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