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Ann Med Res. 2011; 18(3): 203-212

Management of Adult Immune Thrombocytopenia: Review Article


Mehmet Ali Erkurt*, Emin Kaya*, İrfan Kuku*, Mustafa Köroğlu*, İsmet Aydoğdu**




Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an acquired autoimmune disorder defined by isolated thrombocytopenia and the exclusion of other causes of thrombocytopenia.Although the underlying pathophysiology of ITP has been known for more than five decades, therapy has remained empirical. ITP guidelines were published by the American Society of Hematology 15 years ago (updated in 2011) and the British Committee for Standards in Hematology 8 years ago. The primary treatment goal is to prevent severe bleeding rather than achieve normal platelet counts. Nowadays, new therapeutic agents have changed strategies for ITP treatment. In this review,we discuss criteria for treatment, the role of splenectomy and other treatment options along with their side effects, and the treatment of ITP during pregnancy.

Key Words: Primary; Immune; Thrombocytopenia; Treatment; ITP.


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