Exposing the Top 3 Myths About ITP
Don’t let these myths derail your ITP treatment.
Terry Gernsheimer, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, explains three misunderstandings about ITP that could harm your health:
- My body is making enough platelets.
“Some patients believe their bone marrow is producing plenty of platelets but that their body is destroying them too quickly. In fact, it’s possible that their bone marrow isn’t making enough platelets.”
- I’ve got an overactive immune system.
“It’s more likely that your immune system is not working normally. Some patients have an immune deficiency. With ITP, the immune system needs to be balanced.”
- There’s only one way to treat ITP.
“There are more treatment options today, including new medications that can help patients attain a safe platelet count. We still don’t know if it’s better to treat ITP aggressively or take a wait-and-see approach. One line of thinking is that if you treat ITP early, you’ll be able to prevent the disease from becoming chronic. The other is that sometimes we jump too quickly to do procedures that are serious or irreversible, like a splenectomy.”