Shruti Chaturvedi, MBBS, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins lists two important things a clinician should monitor while treating a patient with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

TTP is an ultra-rare hematologic condition that can potentially be life-threatening if not managed properly. One of the triggers for TTP is stress, and one of the biggest stressors is, in fact, being in the hospital with a life-threatening condition, like TTP. 

TTP requires a fairly extensive stay in the hospital with multiple plasma exchanges. During that period, clinicians should try to comfort the patient to reduce their anxiety while also monitoring their blood counts to determine if treatment is effective.

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