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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1976 Oct 15;126(4):449-51.

The management of the pregnant patient with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Abstract

The approach to management of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) during pregnancy remains controversial--particularly regarding the method of delivery. Regardless of the maternal platelet count, we believe that these patients should be delivered by elective cesarean section at term because of the continued presence of maternal antiplatelet IgG antibodies, which cross the placenta. Despite the method of treatment used to increase maternal platelets, immunologic factors are significnat for neonatal involvement and should be considered in the management of these patients. The single largest factor responsible for reported neonatal losses has been intracranial hemorrhage secondary to thrombocytopenia and birth injury. Two patients with ITP are presented with data to substantiate our position on the method of delivery. The infants were transiently thrombocytopenic following delivery (despite adequate maternal levels of platelets).

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