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Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)

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Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) is often an immune-mediated disease causing uncontrolled bleeding in veterinary patients. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the common clinical signs of ITP and some of the treatments for it. This video is helpful for veterinary staff responsible for identifying and treating ITP patients. 

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would it be beneficial to place a peripheral central/long line in these cases? having the ability to draw multiple blood samples as needed?

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Hi Maggie, we don't like to place long lines or sampling catheters in these patients because of the risk of bleeding, even if it is in a peripheral vein. It would be great to have for multiple blood draws but those catheters are larger bore than the peripheral IVC and tend to ooze around the site, keep the tape icky and can cause infection. With these patients we place the smallest catheter we can get away with and check the tape frequently.A blood transfusion can be given through a 22g catheter, and we'lk use the smallest needle we can to draw blood.