Sporting Purple for Platelets

BCDI Is supporting the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in spreading awareness for Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) and other rare blood disorders by wearing Purple for Platelets.

Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a rare bleeding disorder characterized by a low amount of platelets in the blood. ITP is an autoimmune disease – in patients with ITP, a person’s own immune system creates antibodies that mark healthy platelets as ‘foreign substances’ and then mistakenly attack and destroy them. Patients with ITP have a tendency to bleed or bruise.

ITP Symptoms:

  • Bleeding, which can include bruising
  • Tiny red dots on the skin or mucous membranes
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth & gums, digestive or urinary tracts may occur
  • In rare cases bleeding within the brain occurs

Click here to learn more about ITP