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Posted by Mary Horton
on November 04, 1999 at 22:13:19:
In Reply to: Re: TTP posted by Kim on October 04, 1999 at 10:36:00:
Annette, On October 19,1999 I realized I was having a mini stroke (TIA)when I lost muscle control on the right side of my mouth and my speech became slurred. I had my daughter take me to emergency right away but by the time I arrived the symptoms had ceased. Lab work was done on me and I was diagnosed with TTP. A Hemotologist was called in from the U. of Arizona Hospital and I was transferred to that hospital on the 21st. That night the doctors started me on Prednisone and plasmaphesis. My platelet count was at 13K.
I received 5 treatments of plasmapheris, 17 units each time for 5 days straight. At the end of 5 days my platelet count had raised to 286K. I was released from the hospital on the 26th, have had two more treatments as an out patient and platelet count is at 308K. So, they are anticipating that I may not have to have any more as long as I stabilize. I have felt fine the whole time and was completely mobile the whole time I was in the hospital. The doctors felt that I was very lucky in having the TIA warning and getting diagnosed quickly of the TTP. I go back to the doctor tomorrow to get their report and perhaps even have the catheter removed from my throat finally. So you see, I am a most recent case history. I do hope your sister does well. You did not state her age but just for your info, I am 60 yrs. old and have been very healthy my whole life, not even any surgeries except oral. Some of us can't have the simple things like gall bladder trouble. Prayers are with you.
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