What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Craig M Kessler, MD, MACP; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are relatively benign and useful noninvasive imaging studies that can be used to rule out other causes of thrombocytopenia. However, they are not part of the routine evaluation of patients who may have immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). However, prompt CT scanning or MRI is indicated when the medical history or physical findings suggest serious internal bleeding.


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