Cayden Krueger is a smiling seven-year-old who has ITP or immune thrombocytopenia (also known as immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)*. ITP is an autoimmune disease.
He recently was hospitalized due to his platelet level being too low. Young Cayden is also one of CSL Plasma’s newest Adopt-a-Patients. According to his mother Jennifer, “Cayden has had five treatments of IVIG so far. We need lots of plasma donors so these plasma-based therapies can be made.” Jennifer says that her son likes to swim and is looking forward to visiting a CSL Plasma center in the near future.
*According to the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA), “In autoimmune diseases, the body mounts an immune attack toward one or more seemingly normal organ systems. In ITP, platelets are the target. They are marked as foreign by the immune system and eliminated in the spleen, the liver, and by other means. In addition to increased platelet destruction, some people with ITP also have impaired platelet production”. For more information, go to www.pdsa.org.