idiopathic thrombocytopenia

Posted by num005 @num005, Thu, Jun 27 8:21am

What is idopathic thrombocytopenia?

Hello @num005, welcome to Connect. Here is some more information on thrombocytopenia from Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/symptoms-causes/syc-20378293. There is a sentence in there that may offer a brief, but concrete, answer to your question:

Thrombocytopenia is a condition in which you have a low blood platelet count. Platelets (thrombocytes) are colorless blood cells that help blood clot. Platelets stop bleeding by clumping and forming plugs in blood vessel injuries.

**Immune thrombocytopenia: This type is caused by autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys platelets. If the exact cause of this condition isn't known, it's called **idiopathic** thrombocytopenic purpura.

@num005, If I may ask, and if you are comfortable sharing more, have you been diagnosed with thrombocytopenia?

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Justin McClanahan @JustinMcClanahan
I was diagnosed with ITP when I was 5 weeks pregnant. My son is now 4.5 months old and I just received treatment today – Rituxan – in hopes of moving off of Prednisone. I am struggling to find information about breastfeeding while undergoing treatment with Rituxan. So far I've spoken to a few specialists, but was hoping for information from someone at the Mayo Clinic to help me make a decision on how to move forward.

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