Heart & Blood Conditions

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WITH TTP WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is TTP?

TTP stands for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, which is a blood vessel problem that can develop occasionally during pregnancy, as a complication of certain diseases, or independently of any condition. A person who has TTP experiences both blood clotting and bleeding; normally, these are opposite problems, but bleeding and clotting occur together in TTP, because platelets (specially clotting cells) form numerous clots by clumping together with on another and with a certain protein. The platelets are consumed in the process, which then makes it harder to form clots, so the person bleeds. Normally, the actions of a certain enzyme (a substance that helps chemical reactions work inside organisms) prevents this chain of events, but certain diseases, and also pregnancy, can affect the workings of that enzyme. If you develop TTP, you will notice a lot of bruising, plus bleeding, especially in the nose, gums, and from cuts. Your stools may appear dark, because they contain blood, and your urine may be rose-colored, also because of blood. You may also experience extreme fatigue, pain in the side or around your tummy, headaches, seizures, confusion, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and various other symptoms.

 


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