Which systemic illnesses may manifest as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)?

Updated: Jan 11, 2020
  • Author: Craig M Kessler, MD, MACP; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Considerations include the following:

  • In adults, thrombocytopenia may be a manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus [35] or acute or chronic leukemia
  • Thrombocytopenia may be a manifestation of a myelodysplastic syndrome, particularly in patients older than 60 years
  • In young children, ITP may manifest as a primary immune deficiency syndrome

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