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Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is a condition in which there is excessive bleeding and bruising due to a low number of platelets, blood cells that are important to the clotting process, that has no known cause. See detailed information below for a list of 0 causes of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, including diseases and drug side effect causes.
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Thrombocytopenia occurring in the absence of toxic exposure or a disease associated with decreased platelets. It is mediated by immune mechanisms, in most cases IMMUNOGLOBULIN G autoantibodies which attach to platelets and subsequently undergo destruction by macrophages. The disease is seen in acute (affecting children) and chronic (adult) forms.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
Purpura associated with a reduction in circulating blood platelets which can result from a variety of factors
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or a subtype of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
- (Source - National Institute of Health)
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