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We begin the diagnosis by taking your complete medical history and performing a physical examination. Make sure to tell us about all of you (or your child's) symptoms.
Diagnostic Procedures for ITP
Other diagnostic procedures include:
Complete blood count (CBC): Measures the size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood (to measure platelets).
Additional blood and urine tests: Measures bleeding time and detects possible infections. Includes a special blood test called an "anti-platelet antibody test."
Careful review of medications
Bone marrow aspiration: This test examines the platelet production and can rule out any abnormal cells the marrow may be producing that could lower platelet counts. It is sometimes necessary, but not always, especially for children and in mild cases. Read more about bone marrow aspiration.
Once we confirm a diagnosis, we will discuss the treatment plan with you. Learn about ITP treatment options at Stanford.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!