stephane mouilleron

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The ITP Support Association is the sole UK charity providing information and support to people affected by ITP, whether adult, child or family member. Founded in 1995, it was the first dedicated ITP group to be established worldwide and is run primarily by volunteers who either have ITP, or have a close relative with the condition.  The Association publishes a quarterly journal The Platelet, provides numerous booklets and fact sheets on ITP related issues, organises annual patient conventions, seminars for health professionals and funds much needed clinical research into the causes and best management of this frightening disease.

ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia) is a rare autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys platelets in the blood. Unlike other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and MS, ITP is not progressive as the risk of bleeding exists from the day the disease develops. It can arise suddenly in anyone at any age, and affects three to four thousand adults and children in the UK. Its symptoms vary from one sufferer to another but include nose bleeds, mouth blisters, heavy periods, large multi-colour bruises, fatigue and, on rare occasions, spontaneous bleeding into major organs. Treatments, which all have their dangers and drawbacks, only temporarily raise the platelet count, but do not cure the disease.

Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will help us fund more ITP research, as there is no state funding to investigate the cause or to find a cure for this unpredictable condition.

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