Posted by: Benita (Wooried Niece | 2011/03/08


White blood cells

Thank you for your reply on my post (25/02/2011). I need more information about this if possible.It is my sisters little boy(11).He is struggling with this for about a year now.Doctors has done blood and bonemarrow test 2 times now , and still cant figure out what it is.They assured us it is not cancer, but that something in the blood and bonemarrow doesnt add up , but stil cant tell us what is wrong.He bruises easily and sometimes bleeds.He went to another Doctor at Litlle Company of Mary on Monday 07/03/2011. That doctos said that he looks healthy but would like to see him in a few months time again.In the mean time he will study the blood and bonemarrow, and if it really is that bad the only thing that would help is a bonemarrow transplant , but it is not very succesful in SA . What can be wrong with him and how bad is it really?

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It would help if you had the name of the diagnosis that has been made on your nephew. Tthe most likely cause is a condition called ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura which is a deficiency of the platelet cells in the blood.Platelets are important in the blood clotting mechanism. A shortage of platelets leads to small bleeding spots in the skin. It is usually caused by a virus infection and is usually a temporary condition. I would urge you to suggest to your sister that her son be examined and tested at the Haematology Dept at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town. Anyl treatment if needed including bone marrow transplants can be done in this superb unit. Children from all over South Africa can be treated at this hospital.

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Posted by: Benita | 2011/03/09

Thanks Doc and Racoon.I will definitly see that we try to do that , because yes we are in Pretoria.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/03/08

Hi Benita

Firstly, sorry that your family has to go through this! it is very distressing. Our son had ITP after an MMR vaccination, so we''ve been through that mill. Thank the Father he recovered within a month, or at least his platelet count went up to above the critical threshold. It seems as though you are in Pretoria? Why don''t you contact Red Cross or ask your paed to do so and have the specialist make suggestions. I have found the super specialists at Red Cross to be very patient and helpful. The Prof is correct that the best treatment is available at Red Cross.

Many strongs to you and your family!

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