Published in Health Business Week, April 30th, 2004
ITP "is a common immune disorder caused by platelet-reactive autoantibodies," hematologists in the United States explained. "Antibody-coated platelets are cleared more rapidly from the circulation, often in the spleen, than they can be replaced by compensatory stimulation of platelet production in the bone marrow. In some patients, platelet production is depressed as well.
"ITP in adults does not generally remit spontaneously, and most patients require treatment to prevent bleeding at one time or another," noted D.B. Cines and colleagues at the...
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