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Arch Iran Med. 2006 Apr;9(2):115-8.

Maternal and neonatal outcomes in pregnant women with immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of pregnancies in Iranian women with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).


In a historical cohort study, maternal and neonatal outcomes were studied in 30 pregnant women with ITP at a hospital in Tehran, from January 1994 through November 2003.


Twenty-two cases were diagnosed as ITP before and 8 during pregnancy. Thrombocytopenia (platelet count <150 x 10(9)/L) occurred in 22 pregnancies. Eleven (37%) had vaginal delivery and 19 (63%) underwent elective cesarean section. Eight women had severe postpartum hemorrhage. All live-born neonates were delivered in good condition at term. Neonatal thrombocytopenia occurred in 20 (67%) neonates. No bleeding complications occurred in any of the neonates.


The outcome of pregnancy in pregnant women with ITP is generally good. Cesarean section should only be performed for obstetric indications. Postpartum hemorrhage is common in these women. Postpartum hemorrhage is unrelated to the mode of delivery. Severe thrombocytopenia and bleeding in the offspring are uncommon.

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