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idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

 

Definition: a systemic illness characterized by extensive ecchymoses and hemorrhages from mucous membranes and very low platelet counts; resulting from platelet destruction by macrophages due to an antiplatelet factor; childhood cases are usually brief and rarely present with intracranial hemorrhages, but adult cases are often recurrent and have a higher incidence of grave bleeding, especially intracranial.

Synonym(s): immune thrombocytopenic purpura, thrombopenic purpura

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