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Dedicated to promoting the awareness of idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura

Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder that is characterized by a lack of platelets in the blood. This is because the platelets are being destroyed by the immune system. The word "idiopathic" means that the exact cause of the disease is unknown. Since more and more is being learned about the autoimmune nature of ITP, it is sometimes called immune thrombocytopenia purpura.

ITP affects women more than men, and is more common in children than in adults where equal numbers of boys and girls are affected. In children, the disease usually follows a viral infection and runs its course without treatment. In adults, ITP is more often a chronic disease and can follow a viral infection, certain drugs, pregnancy, or be secondary to other immune disorders such as lupus.



An increased awareness of ITP needs to surface, and funding for research needs to increase dramatically. The goal of this website is to do just that! What you see here now, is only a small beginning, but we hope to grow and help the millions of people living with this disease through eventually funding research and much more!



You may be asking yourself, "how?" Here are just a few ways:

  • Purchase awareness items from the ITP aWEARness Shop

  • Donate to, or become a member of the Platelet Disorder Support Association

  • Purchase awareness or other items from the Platelet Disorder Support Association

  • Donate blood, plasma, or platelets through the Red Cross, LifeSource, or other blood donation services in your area

  • Make online purchases through iGive.com and make the Platelet Disorder Support Association your charity of choice

  • Urge your Congressmen and Senators to vote for any bills that will increase funding for autoimmune disease research and keep nutritional supplements available to consumers

  • Support stem cell research!

  • Start a support group in your area - ask your doctor for help!

  • Learn all you can about ITP, and SPREAD THE WORD!


Do YOU need support?

If you are an ITP patient, or know someone who is, please feel free to join one of our discussion forums where you can meet and communicate with others who are going through the same thing. We talk about a lot more than just being sick...we have fun too!



The content on these pages if for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY! Do not use it for self-diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a problem, contact your physician.

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