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"Making the world of ITP a more manageable place to be"
The Platelet Disorder Support Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and other platelet disorders through:
Education • Advocacy • Research • Support
Comprehensive information on conventional therapies usually prescribed for ITP as well as therapies outside of the usual medical mainstream that some patients with ITP have used successfully.
Advocacy helps build awareness and support for ITP and other platelet disorders. Everyone interested in having more people know about ITP, having greater access to treatment, and getting more funding ITP and related diseases can help.
ITP Conference DVDs, free booklets and pamphlets, diet and lifestyle information, PDSA newsletters, journal articles and abstracts, PDSA E-News.
Platelets on Demand
"Research paves path to accelerating, enhancing platelet production... Now, a research team at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute has shed new light on the mechanism of platelet formation, paving the way to accelerating and enhancing their production using stem cells found in bone marrow."
- by Diane Kukich for University of Delaware. Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson
Jude's Wish: Unraveling a Medical Mystery
"The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center has been helping him survive it."
- Posted by Dennis Douda on Mayo Clinic News Network
T cell immune abnormalities in immune thrombocytopenia
"ITP pathogenesis is very complicated. Studies of ITP pathogenesis show that the direct dissolution of antigen-specific antibodies mediates platelet destruction and that cytotoxic T cells (CTL) increase platelet destruction."
- by Xuebin Ji, Liping Zhang, Jun Peng and Ming Hou
One Mother's Love Letter to Her Daughter with ITP
"There was that awful day the doctors misdiagnosed you with leukemia. They told me you were going to die if you didn't get immediate treatment, and all I could think of was, "No! My baby cannot be this sick. She's only 7 years old!"
- written by Dori Hartley - illustration by Dori Hartley.
One ITP Patient's Story
"Graceann had her spleen removed and received several platelet transfusions after her platelet count drops to life threatening levels. She credits donors with saving her life."
Virtual Pedal for Platelets
Jump Into High Gear & Leave the ITP Rollercoaster in the Dust! On November 23, 2013, PDSA Board Chair Peter Pruitt, PDSA Board member and ITP patient Jamie Harwell, and Dr. Michael Tarantino will make PDSA history. The 3 will ride 111 miles in 1 day in El Tour de Tucson on Team PDSA in support of PDSA programs & research!