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Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

What Is ITP?

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura – or immune thrombocytopenia – is a condition characterized by an insufficient platelet count in your blood. Platelets are responsible for promoting blood clotting to regulate bleeding, so it doesn’t get out of control. The nominal platelet count for a healthy person ranges from 150,000 to 400,000. Someone with thrombocytopenia has a platelet count of less than 150,000. This occurs when the immune system generates antibodies that attack platelets and the cells in charge of generating new platelets.

Symptoms of ITP

People who suffer from ITP experience symptoms related to the blood’s inability to properly clot.

Typically ITP symptoms often involve the following:

  • Bruising easily
  • Pinprick-size petechiae on the lower legs
  • Spontaneous nosebleeds
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abnormally heavy menstruation
  • Cuts that don’t stop bleeding
  • Copious bleeding after surgery

What Causes ITP?

Data on ITP demonstrated a cause-effect relationship between the condition and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine with an occurrence rate of 1-3 in every 100,000 vaccinations. MMR vaccine-connected ITP typically occurs within six weeks after vaccination. Immune system antibodies are found on platelets in approximately 79% of cases.

While most people won’t experience adverse reactions to vaccines, a small percentage of individuals might encounter an adverse reaction. In so, you might qualify for monetary compensation. In the 1980s, the federal government established the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) as a way of providing benefits for people harmed by vaccines. Cases that fall under the VICP are under the direct purview of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, we have a comprehensive understanding of vaccine injury litigation, including ITP complications and injuries.

Have you or one of your loved ones experienced complications as a result of taking the MMR vaccine, or others, contact Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates online or call us at (888) 921-3995.

Consult a Skilled Vaccine Injury Attorney

Due to the complexities regarding the law and the science implicated in vaccine injury cases, successful litigation of a vaccine injury case requires the dedication and experience of a serious vaccine injury attorney. At the office of Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, you can count on us to provide useful advice and advocacy to help you recover damages for an injury that wasn’t your fault.

For more information about how the office of Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates can help you, call us at (888) 921-3995 or contact us online today.

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