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TOPIC TITLE: ITP and Coombs count
Created On 7/4/05 3:24 AM
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doniels
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7/4/05 3:24 AM
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Does anybody have experience with ITP (low platelet count) and (a recent addition) low Coombs (red blood cell count)?

We've been battling this for 2+ years already with our Bas Mitzvah girl.

Specifically:

Any idea how this will affect her period, when it starts? The Doctor seems unsure.

Any feedback on a splenectomy? The Doctor has mentioned it, but my research shows it to be a poor solution.

Thanks

- Danny

P.S. For the uninitiated, from http://www.answers.com/idiopathic-thrombocytopenic-purpura

idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

n. (Abbr. ITP)

A systemic illness of unknown cause, characterized by extensive ecchymoses and hemorrhages from mucous membranes, deficiencies in the numbers of platelets, anemia, and extreme weakness. Also called immune thrombocytopenic purpura, purpura hemorrhagica, thrombocytopenic purpura, Werlhof's disease.
 
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tarashoshana
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12/17/05 5:55 AM
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My dad has thrombocytopenia. His immune system attacks the platelets. The doctor has to raise them using Prednizone, which suppresses the immune system. I have read that children sometimes mysteriously develop thrombocytopenia, but luckily with kids it sometimes mysteriously and suddenly disappears, and no one knows why it appeared in the first place. It is more likely to continue with adults, and my dad had his spleen removed 20-some years ago when he had Hodgkins. So, that treatment was not something that he could try when his thrombocytopenia appeared 5 years ago. I have read that sometimes removing the spleen helps. I hope your daughter's thrombocytopenia will resolve itself spontaneously as I have read sometimes happens with kids.
 
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