How Do I Know Whether My Kid Has Pediatric Thrombocytopenia?

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Any bleeding in the mouth or into the skin? Or do you notice some bruises on your kid’s body?
If you suspect that your kid might have this condition, you’d better take him/her to the hospital and check it out with a professional. Generally, the doctor will ask about your kid’s past medical history and family history. And then a review of your kid’s symptoms follows. After that, the Dr. will order a pertinent physical exam to identify more symptoms. Your Dr. will make a conclusion based on the laboratory evaluation.
Any symptoms occurred yet? Sometimes the symptoms may be mistaken for those of other conditions. You really need to get your kid an appointment!
A rash started on her feet two days ago and it has spread to other parts of her body. There are some small, red, flat dots in the affected areas. Thx for the reminder, I’ll now take her to the hospital!
What could be the causes of this condition?
Thrombocytopenia is a condition in which there are too few platelets. Platelets are the blood cells that prevent bleeding. Various factors are responsible for pediatric thrombocytopenia, most commonly infections (esp. viral infections) and destruction of platelets by the immune system (immune thrombocytopenia or ITP). There are many reasons for low platelets in the blood. For example, it may be the result of decreased platelet production (pancytopenia and selective ineffective thrombopoiesis related to malignancy, bone marrow infiltration or viral infections). Or it could be caused by increased platelet consumption (immune and noneimmune) and platelet sequestration (hypersplenism related to infection, inflammation, congestion, red cell disorders and storage diseases).
What is ITP?
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. People with the disease have too few platelets in the blood. Generally, it occurs when certain immune system cells produce antibodies against platelets. In children, the disease sometimes follows a viral infection.