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What Is ITP or Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura?

ITP is a disease where the immune system destroys its own platelets.  The destruction of platelets leads to problems because platelets are a necessary part of the blood that help with clotting.  ITP is often considered a bleeding disorder because patients with low platelet counts bruise or bleed easily.  Steroids are most commonly prescribed to treat ITP by raising platelet levels.

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What are the Symptoms of ITP?

Common symptoms of ITP are:

  • Bleeding under the skin (Sometimes looks like a rash with pinpoint red spots)
  • Bruising easily
  • Nosebleeds or bleeding gums
  • Unusually heavy menstrual flow in women
  • In rare cases, bleeding in the brain

Can ITP Be Triggered by the MMR Vaccine or Any Other Immunizations?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control website, “there has been growing concern that the live virus MMR vaccination is associated with an increased incidence of ITP.”   Research shows that most cases seem to start in the 6-week period after a patient is immunized with the measles mumps rubella vaccine.  However, MMR may not be the only vaccine to trigger ITP.  If you experience any symptoms of ITP in the weeks or months after a vaccine, then ITP may have been triggered by that vaccine.

Can I Get Vaccine Injury Compensation for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)?

Yes.  Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has represented Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) clients in the United States Court of Federal Claims (the Federal Vaccine Court), winning financial compensation for severe reactions to immunizations.

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