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Information About Other Platelet Disorders

A low platelet count is often assumed to be ITP (immune thrombocytopenia).  However, there are many other possible causes of thrombocytopenia, with clinical severity ranging from trivial to life threatening.  ITP is a diagnosis of exclusion.  It can only be diagnosed after all other causes of low platelets are ruled out.  An incorrect diagnosis may lead to wasteful or harmful treatments.  This makes it important to know, or at least be aware of, other diseases that may be mistaken for or misdiagnosed as ITP. 

Distinguishing ITP from other conditions is usually done by a physical examination, illness and medication history, assessment of a blood smear, additional…

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