Which systemic illnesses may manifest as immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)?

Updated: Apr 22, 2018
  • Author: Craig M Kessler, MD, MACP; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Considerations include the following:

  • In adults, thrombocytopenic purpura may be a manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus [34] or acute or chronic leukemia

  • Thrombocytopenic purpura 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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