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  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a rare autoimmune disorder, in which a person's blood doesn't clot properly, because the immune system destroys the blood-clotting platelets.
  • The cause of ITP is not known, but it is due to an immune system error that may be triggered by viral infections. ITP can also be associated pregnancy, or other immune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus); however often no specific cause is found.
  • Treatment options for ITP include ongoing monitoring of platelet levels, medications, and surgical removal of the spleen (splenectomy) in severe cases.

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Reviewed on: 24-08-2022