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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders




I was recently diagnosed with ITP with platelets ranging from 69k to 105k. Last week, I had a fall and badly bruised my legs. Even my mum was shocked at how I could get myself so badly bruised. However, last night I saw a bruise-like mark about the size of my fist, right beside a real bruise. It looked like a bruise, but actually isn`t an injury.

What can it be actually? Can it be due to ITP?


Even though your platelet count is not extremely low, you can still bruise more than normal. Mild brusing would not be a major concern. If it were more severe, I would encourage you to be seen by your physician to look into the issue more deeply and recheck the blood counts.

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Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University