Childhood ITP Diagnosis

Persistent or chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in children

Immune thrombocytopenia is a diagnosis of exclusion. That means that in order to diagnose ITP in children, the doctor will have to rule out other conditions first. This may take several weeks.


This might be a stressful time for both you and your child, but it’s important to remain calm and not jump to conclusions. You are not in this alone.


Once your child has been diagnosed with ITP, you and the doctor will have to see if your child's platelet counts respond to initial treatment. If after 3 months the initial treatment fails to keep platelet counts up safely and consistently, your child may be diagnosed with persistent or chronic ITP.


Pediatrician: Your child’s main doctor for any health issue


Hematologist: A blood specialist


Medical staff: Nurses and physician assistants can help you and your child along their treatment journey


Social worker or therapist: ITP can take a toll on your child and the family. These specialists give family members the opportunity to discuss their feelings and find a way to keep living a normal life

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A condition in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body


Tissue inside some bones that makes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets


ITP that lasts more than 12 months after diagnosis


Feeling extremely tired without a clear or direct cause


A system that protects the body from disease


A drug that limits the activity of the immune system


Medicine given in a doctor’s office through a needle or tube inserted into a vein


Doctors who treat blood disorders and cancer


ITP that lasts 3 to 12 months after diagnosis


Pinpoint red or purple dots that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding


A fragment of a blood cell that helps blood to clot


An organ that helps the body fight infection


A protein produced primarily in the liver that controls how many platelets are made