Important Medical Information
Immune Thrombocytopenia, ITP
This person has ITP, Immune Thrombocytopenia (formerly known as: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura)
and may suffer serious bleeding. In any accident or illness requiring medical treatment, it is most important that
the medical staff is informed that the patient has ITP, and is shown this leaflet.
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Emergency names and contact telephone numbers Name and phone number of doctor
What is ITP
ITP is an autoimmune disorder in which the body makes antibodies against the platelets resulting in a low blood platelet count.
Symptoms of ITP
Extremely rare symptoms of ITP
• Bleeding in the brain (Cerebral haemorrhage)
• Red dots on the skin (called petechiae)
• Mucosal bleeding (of the mouth and gums) • Nosebleeds • Blood in the urine • Heavy menstrual bleeding
Vaccinations and injections
There are a number of treatments for ITP, each with its own
Necessary vaccinations need to be discussed with a doctor.
benefits and risks. Many people are treated with Prednisone (a steroid) but there are a number of others, all of which are given
• Intramuscular injections of all kinds must be avoided
under the guidance of a specialist haematologist.
• Subcutaneous (under the skin) are allowed.
Seek immediate medical help for all bleeding which cannot be stopped or for any injury which shows swelling such as a sprain or if
there is any sign of infection or fever, particularly for those patients who have had a splenectomy or are on steroids.
In any accident requiring medical treatment, it is most important that the medical staff is informed that the patient has ITP, and is
shown this leaflet.
Bleeding in the brain (Cerebral haemorrhage) is extremely rare, but the signs are usually obvious, usually intense headache,
drowsiness leading to a loss of consciousness, vomiting and weakness of one side of the body, or seizure. If these symptoms occur
seek immediate medical help and urgently request a brain scan.
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