Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptoms of ITP are petechiae (red or purple dots on the skin), bruising and bleeding. When ITP is severe and the platelet count is less than 10,000, patients will often notice petechiae and bruising with minimal contact.
Bleeding can occur anywhere but is most typical in the nose, mouth and gut. Women often notice excessive menstrual bleeding. Rarely, but most dangerously, people with ITP can develop bleeding in the brain, which can be life-threatening.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.