A 25-year-old female asked:
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what treatment other than remove spleen or steriods would udo for 25 yr female with platelet count of 17k. been on steriods 6 mo wont keep count up. ?

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Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Several options. : Sounds like itp. There are several treatment options. There are oral options. You have tries steroids. There are 2 different steroids commonly used. Seems these do not work. Iv infusion options include ivig, winrho, and rituximab. Many of these options are more likely to work of there is a steroid response. Another option is no medications unless there is significant bleeding or planned surgery.
Answered on Jan 20, 2017
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Dr. David Brouwer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Hematologist: There are some other options (i.e. N-plate) but it would be best to consult with your hematologist.
Answered on Mar 15, 2013
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