An ITP diagnosis is reached after other possible causes of low platelets are ruled out. Because so many potential causes exist, misdiagnosis of this disease is not uncommon, making the communication between the patient and the physician especially critical.
If you think you have ITP, it’s important to see your doctor and get diagnosed as soon as possible—starting ITP treatment right away will help you increase your platelet counts and reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising.
In addition to reviewing your medical and family health history, your healthcare practitioner will likely give you a complete blood count test to check your platelet levels (normal levels are 150,00 to 400,000). Your doctor may also want you to see a hematologist, a doctor who specializes in blood diseases, to gain a greater understanding of what may have caused your platelet levels to fall.