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What are treatments my doctor will likely suggest for immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)?

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ITP causes thrombocytopenia, a condition when you don’t have enough platelets in your blood. These are some treatments your doctor might try:

  • Corticosteroids. Prednisone is the most common one used to treat ITP.
  • Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG). You may get this if you can’t tolerate steroids or they haven’t helped.
  • Surgery to remove your spleen, an organ that destroys platelets.
  • Rituximab (Rituxan). This is a type of drug called biologics.

SOURCES:

 

Hoffman, R. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice, 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009.

 

National Institutes of Health: "How Is Thromobocytopenia Diagnosed?" "Living With Thrombocytopenia."

 

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

 

Platelet Disorder Support Association: "Food as a Cure."

 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)."

 

ITP Foundation: "What Is ITP?"

 

UptoDate: "Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in adults."

 

FDA: "FDA approves fostamatinib tablets for ITP," April 2018.

 

Medscape: "Rituximab: An anti-CD20 Antibody for the Treatment of Chronic Refractory Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 20, 2020

SOURCES:

 

Hoffman, R. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice, 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009.

 

National Institutes of Health: "How Is Thromobocytopenia Diagnosed?" "Living With Thrombocytopenia."

 

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

 

Platelet Disorder Support Association: "Food as a Cure."

 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)."

 

ITP Foundation: "What Is ITP?"

 

UptoDate: "Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in adults."

 

FDA: "FDA approves fostamatinib tablets for ITP," April 2018.

 

Medscape: "Rituximab: An anti-CD20 Antibody for the Treatment of Chronic Refractory Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 20, 2020

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