BCDI Is supporting the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in spreading awareness for Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) and other rare blood disorders by wearing Purple for Platelets.
Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a rare bleeding disorder characterized by a low amount of platelets in the blood. ITP is an autoimmune disease - in patients with ITP, a person's own immune system creates antibodies that mark healthy platelets as 'foreign substances' and then mistakenly attack and destroy them. Patients with ITP have a tendency to bleed or bruise.
- bleeding, which can include bruising
- tiny red dots on the skin or mucous membranes
- bleeding from the nose, mouth & gums, digestive or urinary tracts may occur
- in rare cases bleeding within the brain occurs
Click here to learn more about ITP