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Jun 6, 2001

What is the clinical presentation of ITP? Is the bleeding and bruising usually located on the legs? How are thrombocytopenic disorders such as ITP diagnosed? Would the CBC and platelet count be normal?


Response from Dr. Feinberg

ITP, whether asociated with HIV or not, is manifested by very low platelet counts. Petechiae-- little red spots on the skin-- and frank bruises can occur, and even bleeding (for example, when you brush your teeth). The rest of the blood ocunt is usually normal.

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