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Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
The increased clotting that occurs in TTP also uses up platelets (PLATE-lets) in the blood. Platelets are blood cell fragments that help form blood clots. These cell fragments stick together to seal small cuts and breaks on blood vessel walls and stop bleeding.
With fewer platelets available in the blood, bleeding problems can occur. People who have TTP may bleed inside their bodies, underneath the skin, or from the surface of the skin. When cut or injured, they also may bleed longer than normal.
“Thrombotic” (throm-BOT-ik) refers to the blood clots that form. “Thrombocytopenic” (throm-bo-cy-toe-PEE-nick)… Read more about Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura