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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.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Naomi Luban

Naomi Luban

Vice Chair, Faculty Affairs
Medical Director, Office for Protection of Human Subjects


Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program

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