Blood Disorders Information Center
Blood groups are an integral part of human body and bear special importance in health and medicine. Blood groups and their types are a classification based on the presence or absence of certain chemicals in red blood cells. There are 4 types of blood groups: A, B, AB and O. This article deals with the different types of blood groups and the uses of blood group typing in health and medicine.
Light chain deposition disease is a rare condition, in which the light chains or the infection fighting proteins are deposited in the major organs, mainly kidneys. As this condition can severely affect the kidneys, it is important to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment and survival rate in light chain deposition disease.
Low platelet count, or thrombocytopenia, is a lower than normal number of platelets, i.e. less than 150,000 platelets per microliter in the blood. Thrombocytopenia can be inherited or acquired during certain conditions. Even though platelet numbers are decreased in thrombocytopenia, their function generally remains completely intact. Learn about the causes of low platelet count or thrombocytopenia, its effects and ways to increase platelet count naturally.
One of the most important components that is usually perceived to be a danger to our body is cholesterol. Simplifying the hyped-up concept of cholesterol, we list down the cholesterol basics as a guide, for you to understand this ambiguity and ways to control high cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels are becoming increasingly common. So, it is quite useful for us to be informed about what exactly cholesterol is and its effects on our body. Tis articles explains what is cholesterol, its types, causes of high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, its symptoms, preventive measures, treatment and what are hypolipidemic drugs.
In children who develop Thrombocytopenic Purpura as a result of a viral infection, it normally resolves within a couple of weeks to maximum a month of resolution of the infection and the platelet count returns back to normal. However, in some cases it may take up to four to six months for a child to completely recover from Thrombocytopenic Purpura, although they may not require any treatment other than close monitoring of the platelets.
Normally, Thrombocytopenic Purpura does not have any symptoms but in cases if the platelets count become too low, the patient may experience easy bruising and bleeding such that even a small cut or scratch may bleed excessively. There will be development of skin petechiae especially in the lower extremities.
Studies suggest the immune system accidentally attacking the platelets and destroying them can cause Thrombocytopenic Purpura. If the cause behind the immune system attacking the platelets is not known then the condition is called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
In cold agglutinin disease, when the patient’s blood gets exposed to cold, then certain proteins, which under normal circumstances destroy bacteria, get attached to red blood cells resulting in clumping of the RBCs (agglutination). This leads to premature destruction of the red blood cells (hemolysis) causing anemia and other related symptoms in the patient. Know the causes, symptoms, treatment, risks and prognosis of cold agglutinin disease.