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What is CAMT

February 13th, 2007

Congenital (from birth) Amegakaryocytic (without Megakaryocytes (large cell-making cells)) Thrombocytopenia (deficiency of platelets), known more affectionately as CAMT, is the inability for the body to make platelets.  This is NOT hemophilia. Platelets are the EMT of the clotting protocol. First on the site, they hold the wound and seal it up temporarily until the other 8 clotting factors come in and permanently seal the wound (Hemophilia is a deficiency in one of the factors). 

She was born with this because I have a recessive allele and Ranan does as well (we are both a carriers of this disease). As for Anna (now hang onto your Punnett Squares), because Ranan and I are both carriers, and because she doesn’t have it herself, she has a 2/3 chance of being a carrier.

CAMT is very rare. I believe for most of the doctors we’ve seen, it’s case number one.

4 Comments »

  1. Anne says

    For those of you who haven’t seen her – Haley really is this gorgeous in real life!!!!!!

    February 13th, 2007 | #

  2. bea monsowitz says

    Ok I tried to say it many times, its really a mouthful. Thank hashem [g-d] for all the new technology and medical know how so that we can fight this condition. Thanks for the update.

    February 14th, 2007 | #

  3. Jen Bradley says

    Give Anna-boo an enormous hug from Matthew. Call if you want coffee, or recommendations for shopping websites with free shipping, or anything else we can give you. Given the Purim [jewish holiday] angle, perhaps you could just simplify things and call CAMT “Haman” [bad guy of purim] (booooooo!)

    February 16th, 2007 | #

  4. Dan Carpenter says

    Hi

    Although I don’t know you, it is so inspiring to read your story. I am currently in the bed next to my beautiful 4year old boy. He is day 23+ and has (had) CAMT.

    We have had a tough few days of recent as he was diagnoised with VOD on Day 14, but he appears to have turned the corner.

    I can’t wait to be 1 year down the road myself.

    Take care

    Dan

    March 6th, 2008 | #

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