How rare is the TTP blood disorder?


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TTP affects 3.7 people per million every year, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Most sufferers of the disease are women, and the disease usually strikes people between 20 and 50. TTP is sometimes a complication of pregnancy and diseases that strike the connective tissue.

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TTP is treated by removing von Willebrand protein from the blood, says the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Von Willebrand protein is a protein that causes the blood to clot, and TTP is a disease where the enzyme that keeps this protein in balance is missing. The patient's blood is withdrawn and separated into blood cells, plasma and platelets. Blood cells and healthy plasma are then transfused into the patient.

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