Systemic Lupus Erythamous and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

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Autoimmune diseases are controlled by genetic and environmental factors. Genetic and environmental factors have an impact on the immune systems overall function. Autoimmune diseases until today are considered to be rare and most people do not understand why and how people develop these diseases. There are several various types of autoimmune diseases, there are about 80 distinct autoimmune diseases that exist. Autoimmune diseases can target a specific part of the body; autoimmune diseases can affect the vital organs in the body, hormones, skin, nerves, the circulatory system, and also the gastrointestinal system. All of these are considered to be essential parts of the body that we need to function and survive. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) and Systemic Lupus are two types of autoimmune diseases that alter the human body. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder that destroys the platelets in the immune system. According to the article ITP A Historical Perspective, platelets are a significant role in the process of natural blood clotting. “A clinical syndrome of bleeding and Purpura consistent with a diagnosis of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) was described by Werlhof long before platelets were identified as the cellular component of blood playing an essential role in primary hemostasis” (Stasi, 2011). Generally speaking the absence of platelets will have an impact on the process of hemostasis, without platelets blood will not be able to clot normally. The danger of blood not clotting results in excessive bleeding that can be fatal and deadly. “ ITP currently stands for Immune Thrombocytopenia, a name that more appropriately reflects the low platelet count rather than Purpura as the main... ... middle of paper ... ... and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura have a few similarities among each other. The one thing that they have most in common with is that there is an uncertainty of how they are both caused. While researching both of these two autoimmune diseases I was drawn to them for the purpose of figuring out exactly how a person is capable of developing these diseases, but there is not any reason or research that supports how they are caused because the cause remains unknown. Sometimes that is just the way life works, the truth is not always written or spoken out loud, it is sought. For almost three years now I have been seeking the truth to why my sister has Systemic Lupus Erythmous, Lupus Nephritis. Her condition has inspired me to write and research about autoimmune diseases. Although there is no cure and an unknown cause I have hope that one day there will be answer.

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