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Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2011 Nov-Dec;17(6):E30-5. doi: 10.1177/1076029610379849. Epub 2010 Aug 16.

The clinical outcome of 260 pediatric ITP patients in one center.

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Department of Pediatric Hematology, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey.


In the current study, clinical and laboratory findings and treatment modalities of children with acute and chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) were evaluated retrospectively. Our purpose was to determine clinical outcome of children with ITP and their responses to different treatment regimes. Total of 260 children with ITP were enrolled in the study. The mean age of patients was 76.8 ± 48.1 months. The therapy responses of high-dose methylprednisolone (HDMP; n = 134), standard dose methylprednisolone (n = 32), and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG; n = 15) treatments were similar. Two (0.8%) of the 260 ITP patients had intracranial bleeding. None of the patients died due to hemorrhage. Of all the patients with ITP, 191 (73.5%) completely resolved within 6 months after initiation of the disease and therefore they were diagnosed as acute ITP; 69 patients (26.5%) had progressed into chronic ITP. The therapy responses of HDMP, standard dose methylprednisolone, and IVIG treatments are similar.

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