September is ITP Awareness Month. Immune Thrombocytopenia (pronounced throm-bo-cyto-penia) is an autoimmune disorder that effects blood platelets and requires frequent blood transfusions. The purpose of ITP awareness month is to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of ITP and to let patients and families know that there are resources and support available to help them have the best possible outcomes. Patients and families are not alone.
We have a 5th grade student that has been diagnosed and receiving treatment for ITP. Today 5th grade students will be sharing some information about ITP with our other classes. They will also be inviting all students and staff to wear a purple or maroon polo shirts (if you have them) tomorrow, Friday, September 29 to show support for our student (Please Note: THIS IS NOT FREE DRESS).
Read Below for more information about ITP:
Immune thrombocytopenia (throm-bo-cyto-penia) (ITP) is an autoimmune disease in which the body mounts an immune attack toward platelets. Platelets are relatively small, irregularly shaped components of our blood. They are required to support our blood vessel walls and for blood to clot. Without enough platelets, a person is subject to spontaneous bleeding or bruising.
People with ITP often have bruises or small purple spots on their skin. Spontaneous bleeding can also occur in mucous membranes inside the mouth.
Chronic ITP and platelet function disorders are perhaps the most common bleeding disorder. It affects both genders and all ages and races. There are an estimated 120,000 persons with ITP in the United States.
There is currently no cure for ITP. Common treatments include blood transfusions, antibiotics, and even chemotherapy.
Please join the 5th grade tomorrow and wear purple or marron polos to show support for our classmate with ITP.
5th Grade Teacher
Rolling Hills Public Charter School
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