Immune thrombocytopenic purpura; ITP
- Abnormally heavy menstruation
Bleeding into the skincauses a characteristic skin rash that looks like pinpoint red spots (petechial rash)
- Easy bruising
- Nosebleed or bleeding in the mouth
Signs and tests
Laboratory tests will be done to see how well your blood clots and to check your platelet count.
- A complete blood count (
CBC) shows a low number of platelets.
- Blood clotting tests (
PTTand PT) are normal.
- Bleeding time is prolonged.
Platelet associated antibodiesmay be detected.
Review Date: 03/28/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; James R. Mason, MD, Oncologist, Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program and Stem Cell Processing Lab, Scripps Clinic, Torrey Pines, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.