Recurrent Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Interesting Case of a Child with 5 Recurrences
Mohd Adnan*, Arshad Anjum, Syed Manazir Ali and Tarique Ekram
Department of Pediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mohd Adnan, MD
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
E-mail: a[email protected]
Received Date: February 16, 2012; Accepted Date: April 18, 2012; Published Date: April 19, 2012
Citation: Adnan M, Anjum A, Ali SM, Ekram T (2012) Recurrent Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Interesting Case of a Child with 5 Recurrences. Pediat Therapeut 2:125. doi:10.4172/2161-0665.1000125
Copyright: © 2012 Adnan M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura [ITP], also known as idiopathic or autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura, is a benign hematological disorder characterized by a low circulating platelet count, caused by destruction of antibodysensitized platelets in the reticuloendothelial system. It is a common cause of acquired thrombocytopenia particularly in children, which often remits in weeks to years. ITP can be classified based on duration of thrombocytopenia as acute and chronic form. Recurrent ITP is defined as recurrence of symptoms, after at least three months of remission without treatment. It is rare entity and seen in just 5% of all ITP cases. Further, its treatment is often cumbersome and warrants use of non-conventional drugs and splenectomy. We report a case of ITP in a 9 year old boy, who presented with five recurrences and all episodes were successfully treated with just oral prednisolone.