Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP): In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing)

by Paula Ruedebusch

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    00:01 So in a nutshell, this is the unknown cause of the destruction of platelets and is diagnosed when the patient's platelet count gets less than 100,000 per microliter.

    00:10 Acute ITP is more common in young children ages 2 to 6 and is usually present 3 weeks after a viral illness and self resolves in a few weeks to a few months.

    00:20 Chronic ITP is more common in females and adults and is managed by a hematologist.

    00:27 Post-viral antibodies will accidentally mark the platelets for destruction and these platelets will be destroyed at a pace that exceeds their production.

    00:36 The patients will develop petechiae and purpura and this can be sudden.

    00:40 Remember the findings of the CBC are totally normal except for the decreased platelet count -thrombocytopenia .

    00:47 The clotting studies are normal.

    00:49 The bone marrow aspiration excludes other causes like malignancies.

    00:54 Bleeding in the setting of ITP can be severe and life-threatening.

    00:58 There are treatment options even though this can self-resolve without them but you can treat the patient with steroids and you need to provide a safe environment with bleeding precautions.

    01:07 Thank you for watching this lecture on ITP.

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    The lecture Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP): In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing) by Paula Ruedebusch is from the course Blood Disorders – Pediatric Nursing.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Lab results shows normal clotting times
    2. A client may develop petechiae and purpura
    3. Can be given a steroid as one of the main treatment
    4. Provide a safe environment with bleeding precautions
    5. Lab results shows decreased clotting times

    Author of lecture Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP): In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing)

     Paula Ruedebusch

    Paula Ruedebusch

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