Danger Level: High
What is it?
TTP is a life threatening disease in which platelets (the cells in the blood responsible for blood clotting) are missing and red blood cells are destroyed.
Who gets it?
It’s a rare disease:person out of million a year will have the disease. It usually affects men more than women (but not by much), and it usually happens around the ages of 30-40.
What causes it?
When a blood clot is formed, platelets aggregate together to seal the wound out of which blood is coming out. They do this with the help of many small molecules, one of them is VWF – or by its long name: Von-Willebrand Factor.
In TTP there is a problem with VWF – it’s getting larger and larger because the mechanism responsible for cutting it to its appropriate size is defective. That’s why platelets are aggregating like crazy and block blood vessels. This causes the destruction of normal blood cells and other things mentioned below.
How does it feel?
things happen to you if you get TTP:
- Confusion, seizure and even coma: Because blood vessels to the brain are clogged by the platelets, blood doesn't reach your brain properly.
- Renal failure: Your kidneys will stop working, because blood won’t go to your kidneys as well.
- The number of platelets goes down: Because they’re all clumped toget
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