Kolkata, Oct 1 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Kolkata observed ‘Sport purple for Platelets Day’ on Friday in an attempt to spread awarenesss about Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) and other platelet disorders.
ITP is a disease characterized by low platelets that ranges in severity from mild to life threatening. Both men and women suffer from this disease though women are affected more commonly than men.
Speaking on the disease, Mukesh Desai, Hematologist Oncologist and Immunologist at B.J.Wadia Hospital for Children, said, “The problem of ITP is compounded in India as the diagnosis of ITP is lost among the maze of Monsoon related illnesses like Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Leptospirosis, which can present with thrombocytopenia.”
The disease is quite easily recognized but the true incidence of adult chronic ITP is still unknown.
“A case of ITP thus gets wrongly investigated and often treated with platelet transfusions that are of dubious benefit to ITP patients as the exogenously administered platelets also get rapidly destroyed in them,” Desai said.
Desai felt that the need of making people and even the doctors aware about the disease is highly required now.
“There is a need to create awareness about ITP not only among the patients but also among practicing doctors,” Desai said.
Incidentally, in USA where the disease is more common than haemophilia the awareness about ITP among the common people is quite low.
Sept 30 is observed as ‘Sport Purple for Platelet Day’, a part of National Health observance in the US while the month of Sept has been designated as the National ITP awareness month in the US.