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Guest Lecture: Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)

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Which of the following is true regarding treating Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

Focus should be on treating symptoms rather than platelet counts

What is a common symptom that matters most to ITP patients and their caregivers?

Frustration over treatment 'rollercoaster'

Why is understanding immunologic pathways important in the context of human disease?

It allows for predicting patient symptoms

What aspect of daily life can be impacted by Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

Sports or the capacity to exercise

What is the significance of different patients reacting differently to low platelets in ITP?

It necessitates individualized treatment approaches

Which characteristic best describes Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

'ITP is rare but not uncommon'

'Treat symptoms, not numbers.' What does this statement imply in managing Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

'Patient experience and symptoms take precedence'

'Knowing which pathway, receptor or gene may be involved can help predict what symptoms that patient might experience.' What does this statement emphasize?

'Predicting symptoms through pathway understanding'

'Every immunologic pathway has the potential to be targeted by therapies that can treat human disease.' How does this statement impact disease treatment?

'Treatment targeting pathways can address disease'

What is the most common age range for children to develop ITP?

2-5 years

Which of the following is NOT listed as a sign or symptom of ITP?


What is the prevalence of adults with ITP at any time?

9.5 cases per 100,000

What are the red flags for alternate diagnoses in ITP?

History of recurrent thrombocytopenia

What do low platelet counts in children often indicate?

Inherited Platelet Disorders (IPD)

Which treatment goal is NOT listed as a general goal in managing ITP?

Increase platelet count

Which treatment option for ITP involves stopping antibody production by B cells?


What laboratory finding in the diagnosis of ITP indicates normal cell morphology?

Normal WBC count

What is considered a 'red flag' indicating the need for further investigation in diagnosing ITP?

Recurrent thrombocytopenia in history

Which treatment option for ITP works by increasing platelet count without affecting the immune system?

Thrombopoietin Receptor (TPO) agents

Learn about Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) in this guest lecture by Dr. Hunt, discussing the autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks healthy platelets. Explore the factors contributing to ITP such as environmental exposures, genetic predisposition, and loss of immune self-tolerance.

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