Hello everyone!! PLEASE JOIN MY FAMILY ON Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA for a 5k walk in support for my nephew Joey!
Click on the photo; it will link you to the website where you can join and/or donate to Team Ikaika. ((meaning behind the name:: Ikaika is my nephew’s middle name. Ikaika originates from Hawaii, which means “strength” or “strong”.))
What is ITP??
ITP, immune thrombocytopenia (also known as immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) is an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, the body mounts an immune attack toward one or more seemingly normal organ systems. In ITP, platelets are the target. They are marked as foreign by the immune system and eliminated in the spleen, the liver and by other means. In addition to increased platelet destruction, some people with ITP also have impaired platelet production.
A normal platelet count is between 150,000 and 400,000/microliter of blood. If someone has a platelet count lower than 100,000/microliter of blood with no other reason for low platelets, that person is considered to have ITP. There is no accurate, definitive test to diagnose ITP.
With few platelets, people with ITP often have bleeding symptoms such as spontaneous bruising, petechiae (pe-TEEK-ee-ay), tiny red dots on the skin, or for women, heavy menses. More severe bleeding symptoms include blood blisters on the inside of the mouth, blood in the urine or stool, or bleeding in the brain.