What is the prognosis of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) platelet disorder?

Updated: Aug 05, 2017
  • Author: Perumal Thiagarajan, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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ITP is generally a benign disorder. Severe ITP with a platelet count of less than 5000/µL is occasionally associated with fatal hemorrhages in the brain or internal organs. Patients who are elderly, those whose disease is refractory to treatment, those who have a previous history of hemorrhage, and patients with concomitant bleeding disorders (eg, hemophilia, uremia) are at higher risk for serious life-threatening hemorrhage.


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