Thrombocytopenia, Essential

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • TTP

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • ITP
  • Werlhof's Disease
  • Purpura Hemorrhagica
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Moschowitz Disease, Essential
  • Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
  • HUS

General Discussion

Essential thrombocytopenia is a rare blood disease characterized by reduced levels of platelets in the circulating blood. Platelets are essential to blood-clotting and, if they are in short supply, bleeding may occur that can become life-threatening. The platelets are produced in the bone marrow and may be in reduced supply because of (1) impaired or reduced platelet production in the marrow, (2) increased destruction of platelets faster than they can be replaced by the marrow, or (3) the presence of one of several genetic disorders. There are also false thrombocytopenias. Major symptoms include a tendency to bleed excessively into the skin or mucous membranes, especially during menstruation, nosebleeds and bleeding gums.

Resources

Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius Syndrome Association
212 Sherwood Drive
RD 1
Linwood, NJ 08221-9745
Tel: (609)927-0418
Email: tarsa@aol.com

NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
Tel: (301)592-8573
Fax: (301)251-1223
Email: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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