It is possible that the main title of the report Thrombocytopenia, Essential is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
- Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Werlhof's Disease
- Purpura Hemorrhagica
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Moschowitz Disease, Essential
- Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
Essential thrombocytopenia is a rare blood disease characterized by reduced levels of platelets in the circulating blood. Platelets are essential to blood-clotting and, if they are in short supply, bleeding may occur that can become life-threatening. The platelets are produced in the bone marrow and may be in reduced supply because of (1) impaired or reduced platelet production in the marrow, (2) increased destruction of platelets faster than they can be replaced by the marrow, or (3) the presence of one of several genetic disorders. There are also false thrombocytopenias. Major symptoms include a tendency to bleed excessively into the skin or mucous membranes, especially during menstruation, nosebleeds and bleeding gums.
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