“ITP Kids” was created by
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s to help children and teens better understand ITP
(immune thrombocytopenia) and options for managing and treating it. You can find more in-depth details on ITP
symptoms, treatment and research
on our main ITP web page.
“ITP Kids” was made
possible by philanthropic support.
What is ITP?
stands for immune thrombocytopenia — a decreased platelet number.
What are platelets?
How do you get ITP?
cause of ITP is not known. ITP
has been associated with:
Why would you treat ITP?
How is ITP treated?
are a variety of treatment options for ITP. Treatment may include:
treatments also may be considered, including:
These medications help to trick the body's response so that
it does not destroy the platelets. Physicians may also suggest other drug
therapies that show promise for ITP.
some instances a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) may be recommended.
How long does it take to
Playing sports is an important part of having fun and living
your life. Having ITP should interfere as little as possible. Just keep in mind
smart play such as wearing helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards and knee pads or
any other protective equipment that is recommended for the sports you wish to
play and try to avoid injury.
sports can I play with ITP?
The following is a list of sports you can play or should avoid based on your
platelet count. Just remember to have fun and be safe.DISCLAIMER: There are no formal national guidelines for sports and
activities with ITP. We've modeled these suggestions on those used by the
National Hemophilia Foundation for other types of bleeding disorders.
Sports and outdoor activities can be pretty easily
divided into three groups.
If your platelet count
falls below 75,000, it is best if you do NOT...
If your platelet count is
less than 75,000 but greater than 30,000 to 50,000, it is usually okay to...
Most people with ITP can...
ITP Staff at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's
ContactinformationPam Boardman, MPH Boston Children's Hospital Hematology Clinical Research Fegan 7, Room 717 300 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115
The information on this website, including linked resources, should not be taken as medical advice, which can only be given to you by your personal health care professional. Specific treatment plans for any patient with ITP should be arranged after consultation with a physician experienced in this disorder for any given age group.
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