By Helen Massy, Oct 20, 2022
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura is a hematologic disorder characterized by a paucity of platelets, explained Kecia Gaither, M.D., board-certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and the director of perinatal services/maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, New York. “Platelets are those essential elements in the blood that help to facilitate normal clotting. As a consequence, excessive bruising or protracted internal bleeding can occur,” Gaither said.
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