Is Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpera considered autoimmune?

in by Kimberly

I have a host of Autoimmune related conditions, MS, Lupus, Psoriasis, Sjogren’s, Sarcoidosis, Myasthenia Gravis and now ITP. Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpera. My father has Mylodysplastic syndrome and my Mother has Leukopenia. My sister has Pernicious anemia. Im just wondering if anyone knows how they might all be connected?

Thanks so much!

About Kimberly

Conditions: Lupus (Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), Multiple sclerosis (MS), Myasthenia gravis, Psoriasis, Sjögren's syndrome

Doctors seen: MD – primary care

Treatment: None Yet

Children: 2

Age: 55-64


1 Answer


Hi Kimberly, Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura is considered autoimmune. There is an organization for people with ITP called the Platelet Disorder Support Association. It has a really great website. It should be a model for other autoimmune disorder web pages. Check it out at

If you go to the "join the community" tab at the top of the page you will find a link to their group discussions. You can also use a search feature to find previously answered questions. I've found a lot of answers to my questions through this resource.

My mother has sarcoidosis and my sister and grandmother both have hashimoto's thyroiditis along with rheumatoid arthritis. These are all autoimmune as well. I asked the face book page if others were similarly afflicted with multiple autoimmune disorders and I got an overwhelming response from a large number of people with multiple autoimmune disorders in themselves and their families. It did not seem like there were any patterns of more frequent clustering of certain types.

From what I have read online it seems if a family member has an autoimmune disorder it is more likely that other family members will also have an autoimmune disorder but more often they have different types of autoimmune disorders. So it's not as typical that a family would have all the same autoimmune disorder but that they would likely have a variety.

I asked my hematologist if it were possible that there were some type of genetic platelet disorder at play regarding my low counts and she told me that if that were the case it would have had to be a life long condition, which it has not been.

The pdsa website does have an info page on other disorders that can effect platelet counts that are not immune related.


About Me:


Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

Doctors seen:

MD – specialist


Gluten free


Answered on April 23, 2013

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