- 1 What does TTP mean in medical terms?
- 2 What is ITP and TTP?
- 3 Who gets TTP?
- 4 What is thrombotic thrombocytopenic?
- 5 What drugs can cause TTP?
- 6 How common is TTP?
- 7 Does TTP go away?
- 8 Is there a cure for TTP?
- 9 What is the best treatment for ITP?
- 10 How long can you live with TTP?
- 11 How do you acquire TTP?
- 12 Is TPP a chronic condition?
- 13 What is the reason for low platelets?
- 14 Can ITP be caused by stress?
- 15 Is TTP considered a disability?
What does TTP mean in medical terms?
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura ( TTP ) is a blood disorder in which platelet clumps form in small blood vessels.
What is ITP and TTP?
Immune Thrombocytopenia ( ITP ) Platelet Dysfunction. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura ( TTP )
Who gets TTP?
It usually affects people between 20 to 50 years of age but people of any age may be affected. TTP is occasionally associated with pregnancy and collagen-vascular diseases (a group of diseases affecting connective tissue).
What is thrombotic thrombocytopenic?
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a rare disorder that causes blood clots (thrombi) to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. These clots can cause serious medical problems if they block vessels and restrict blood flow to organs such as the brain, kidneys, and heart.
What drugs can cause TTP?
Drugs such as mitomycin, cyclosporine, cisplatin, bleomycin, quinine, and ticlopidine have been associated with HUS and TTP.
How common is TTP?
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura is a rare blood disorder that is considered a true medical emergency. TTP is diagnosed at a rate of 3-4in 1 million people per year. Potentially fatal complications can result from internal blood clotting, with damage to critical organs such as the brain and heart.
Does TTP go away?
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura ( TTP ) can be fatal or cause lasting damage, such as brain damage or a stroke, if it’s not treated right away. In most cases, TTP occurs suddenly and lasts for days or weeks, but it can go on for months.
Is there a cure for TTP?
Plasma exchange (also called plasmapheresis) is used to treat acquired TTP. This is a lifesaving procedure. It removes antibodies (proteins) from the blood that damage your ADAMTS13 enzyme. Plasma exchange also replaces the ADAMTS13 enzyme.
What is the best treatment for ITP?
Medications to treat ITP may include:
- Steroids. Your doctor will likely start you on an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone.
- Immune globulin. If corticosteroids don’t help, your doctor may give you an injection of immune globulin.
- Drugs that boost platelet production.
- Other drugs.
How long can you live with TTP?
In the authors’ series of 126 patients, the estimated 10-year survival rate of patients without comorbid conditions was 82%, compared with a survival rate of 50% if comorbid conditions were present. 5
How do you acquire TTP?
Acquired TTP is caused when a person’s body mistakingly makes antibodies that block the activity of the ADAMTS13 enzyme. THe ADAMTS13 enzyme normally helps control the activity of certain blood clotting factors. Treatment includes plasma exchange and in some cases may also include corticosteroid therapy or rituximab.
Is TPP a chronic condition?
TTP is a lifelong condition, as after their initial diagnosis many patients will experience further episodes of TTP (called recurrences).
What is the reason for low platelets?
Decreased production of platelets Factors that can decrease platelet production include: Leukemia and other cancers. Some types of anemia. Viral infections, such as hepatitis C or HIV.
Can ITP be caused by stress?
Research suggests that physical or psychological stress and the resultant oxidative stress in the body may also trigger episodes of ITP,7 exacerbate fatigue15 and prolong duration of the platelet disorder in children.
Is TTP considered a disability?
In order for chronic thrombocytopenia to be considered disabling for Social Security Disability purposes, it must be severe.