Author(s): Blanchette V, BoltonMaggs P, Blanchette V, BoltonMaggs P
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Abstract Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by a low circulating platelet count caused by destruction of antibody-sensitized platelets in the reticuloendothelial system. ITP can be classified as childhood versus adult, acute versus chronic, and primary versus secondary. Persistence of thrombocytopenia defines the chronic form of the disorder. Secondary causes of ITP include collagen vascular disorders, immune deficiencies, and some chronic infections. This review focuses on the diagnosis and management of children who have acute and chronic ITP. Emphasis is placed on areas of controversy and new therapies. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Hematol Oncol Clin North Am
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion