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Pediatric Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)

Key Points About Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) in Children

  • ITP is a blood disorder with decreased blood platelets, which may result in easy bruising, bleeding gums and internal bleeding.
  • The cause is usually unknown, but it may be an autoimmune disorder or follow a viral illness. It can also occur with certain medicines or vaccines.
  • Treatment may not be needed. Observation alone is a very common approach. The most common treatments are immune globulin or corticosteroids.


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