Immune thrombocytopenia drk blutspende magazine

Living with immune thrombocytopeniaThose living with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) suffer from a lack of platelets. Autoimmune disease is the most common acquired cause of bleeding tendency in childhood and adolescence. The disease can be mild, but can also become life-threatening. What ITP means for those affected and why they are particularly dependent on blood donations, we explain to you with the story of Jess.

Development of autoimmune thrombocytopenia

The disease ITP (immune thrombocytopenia) is also called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune thrombocytopenia or Werlhof disease. In this disease of the body's own defense system, there is a deficiency of blood platelets (thrombocytes). These small cells are formed in the bone marrow. Are mainly responsible for stopping bleeding. Like internal plasters, for example, they ensure that after an injury the walls of small blood vessels are sealed within a very short time, so that the bleeding stops. In immune thrombocytopenia, the immune system mistakenly thinks healthy platelets are sick. That is why the blood components in the spleen are degraded prematurely and also increasingly. Whether a patient with ITP needs to seek treatment depends on the duration and severity of the bleeding tendency.

Types and courses of immune thrombocytopenia

There are two different types of ITP:

– In the Primary immune thrombocytopenia is a deficiency of blood platelets that is accompanied by a tendency to bleed and for which no trigger can be found. – To the secondary forms of immune thrombocytopenia include all those in which the triggers for the disturbances of the body's defenses are known, for example infections or drugs. Bleeding in the brain. Other internal organs. Why there are such different courses of disease is not yet fully understood scientifically.

"I can only wish from the bottom of my heart and motivate you to stand up, give a little of your time, donate blood or plasma and save lives."

Jess needs your donation

Jess has been vaccinated since she was 12. Immune thrombocytopenia since she was 12 years old. In an emergency, she is dependent on blood donations from others, but is not allowed to donate herself due to the disease and her low platelet count. Jess therefore knows, How immensely important blood donation is. Although she has not yet needed any blood herself, she will be dependent on the blood of others at the latest when she wishes to have a child and gives birth to her own child. "Unfortunately, far too few deal with the ie of blood donation or actually go and donate," regrets Jess. Although the majority of all German citizens rely on the blood of others at some point in their lives, unfortunately only around 3 percent donate.

If you want to donate blood and save lives, it is best to look up the next blood donation dates in your area. On our pages you will also find information about the advantages of blood donation for you personally. If you have any questions about this topic or are unsure whether you can donate blood, you can contact our free hotline 0800 11 949 11 at your disposal.

We look forward to welcoming you at one of our blood donation events!

Your DRK Blood Donation Services North-East and Baden-Wurttemberg – Hesse

Frequently asked questions

What is ITP for a disease?

Immune thrombocytopenia, or ITP for short, is an autoimmune disease in which there is a deficiency of platelets, which are mainly responsible for stopping bleeding. In the case of immune thrombocytopenia, the blood clotting of the sick person is therefore disturbed.

Is immune thrombocytopenia fatal??

In most cases ITP has a mild course, where no therapy is necessary. Only in very rare cases can a life-threatening bleeding tendency of internal organs occur.

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