Is the Low
Platelet count from something autoimmune? ....
the destruction of "thrombocytes"
(clotting cells) by the immune system in much
the same manner as RBCs are destroyed in AIHA
of this disease include bruising; excessive
bleeding following trauma, at surgery, or
during estrus; or blood
in the urine or stool.
Before ITP can
be diagnosed, many more common diseases must
be ruled out. These include, but are not
limited to, warfarin poisoning, various
clotting disorders (hemophilia, Von
Willebrand's disease), bladder or prostate
infection or cancer, and intestinal parasites.
A CBC, platelet count, and clotting profile
are needed. A bone marrow biopsy is helpful as
well, and a Coomb's test may be run if other
autoimmune diseases are suspected.
fresh whole blood or of platelet-rich plasma
can be helpful in ITP