November 5, 2001

Platelet e-news – November 5, 2001


This e-newsletter is a publication of The Platelet Disorder Support Association. The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. For advice on your unique medical condition, please consult a health care professional.


  • Fall Newsletter
  • ITP Conference 2002
  • Survey Update
  • Cipro, Doxycycline and Platelets
  • ITP Herbal Treatment



We are putting the finishing touches on the Fall edition of the Platelet News. This edition will be 16 pages, 4 pages longer than our last issues. We thank the support of our advertisers and volunteers who made this possible.

The newsletter will include the following:

  • Highlights from the ITP Conference 2001:Part 2 – Summaries of the following presentations: “Physiology of ITP” by Dr. John Freedman, “Implications of Splenectomy” by Dr.William Bell, “ITP and the National Institutes of Health” by Dr. Pan Ganguly, and “ITP and Pregnancy” by Dr. Daniel Skupski. If you missed the conference, here’s a chance to catch up on the latest in ITP.
  • Lara’s Story: Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat ITP – Part 2. Sophie Bouris is an acupuncturist. She also studies Chinese Medicine. Follow her as she applies Chinese medicine theories in the treatment of her daughter’s ITP.
  • Abstracts of Interest – Medical journal abstracts on the morbidity and mortality of ITP, antiphospholipid syndrome in patients with ITP, and inherited thrombocytopenia.
  • Your Questions Answered – Four of your questions answered by some of the speakers at our last conference.
  • In the News – In the News: A compendium of news clips and recent findings that impact our health and our future.
  • And more….Message from the President, Letters, Tip from the Platelet Buddy, Information about the conference…. 

Our newsletter is sent to everyone who contributes at least $25 per year to PDSA. For more information and to join PDSA go to You can join on-line or send a check or credit card number to PDSA, P.O. Box 61533, Potomac, MD 20859. To renew your membership, just use the same forms and procedure as you would when joining for the first time. When we process the membership we can tell that it is a renewal. If you are a current member…thank you. 

PDSA is a 501 (c ) 3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

Newsletters are sent via US mail to our US and Canadian members, e-mail to others. Due to the delays in processing the mail we will send an e-mail version of our Fall newsletter to all our members in addition to the paper copies.


We’ve finalized the time and location for our 2002 ITP Conference. It will be held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley on June 21-23, 2002. Plan your vacation now! 

Our conference will feature top researchers and alternative practitioners plus a chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. 

We’ll have a short meeting on Friday evening, a day similar to our last conference on Saturday, and another meeting on Sunday morning. We have commitments from some of the speakers and are working on finalizing the agenda.

The Marriott in Mission Valley is easy to reach, affordable, and near all of the exciting things San Diego has to offer.

There is so much more to say. Stay tuned to the discussion group, our web site and our Platelet e-news letters for agenda details and registration information as they become available.


We have 500 replies to our survey. Thanks to all who have taken the time to complete the survey. There is a wealth of data and our initial analysis points to some very interesting results.

We need your help. We’d like to have 1000 replies. If you haven’t done so, please complete the survey at Your identification information is optional. Only aggregate results will be published.


With Cipro and Doxycycline in the news, many of us wonder what will happen to our platelets if we take these antibiotics. According to Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and the USPDI Drug Information for Healthcare professionals, Cipro is not on the list as a common inducer of thrombocytopenia. However, the 2001 PDR Nurse’s Drug Handbook does list GI bleeding and urethral bleeding among the many potential side-effects. 

The Food and Medications Interactions – 11th edition recommends avoiding milk, yogurt and caffeine when taking Cipro. The Herb-Drug Interaction Handbook suggests that fennel oil alters the absorption. For more information on Cipro see

Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline, a group of broad spectrum antibiotics. The 2001 PDR Nurse’s Drug Handbook lists thrombocytopenia and thrombocytopenic purpura among the side effects of tetracyclines. The Food and Medications Interactions, 11th edition recommends you avoid alcohol if you take doxycycline. The Herb-Drug Interaction Handbook suggests Goldenseal and Oregon Grape can reduce the absorption. For more information see:



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