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ITP is there any reason to worry ?

my son 2.5 yr old was dtetcted with itp 5 months back.his platelet level had dropped to 5000 .he was admiteed to hospital ,was given platelets and ivig .in last 5 months we have got his platelet level checked 4 times and it has come in range of 180000 and above.but these dark spots keep on coming and going specailly on his legs and sometimes on arms which worries us alot.please advise why do these spots come .is there any reason to worry ?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Nov 2010
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In ITP, Auto Antibodies against own platelets cause destruction of platelets. This can happen acutely and chronically. It may come and go. When it comes, you see red dash.

Low platelet cause red spots/purpura.The purpura indicates bleeding under the skin. This is is clotted blood. Once the blood in the purpura resolves/dissolves it forms black spots and the disappear.

Make sure you repeat the platelets minimum monthly, especially when he gets the severe rash. Platelets less 20,000 is dangerous and cause intra cranial bleeding.

Dr. Jagdish
Answered: Sat, 20 Nov 2010
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