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A 25-year-old male asked:

Are there more ways to help people on itp then prednisone? and before taking the spleen out?wich procedure have other countrys when a person have itp

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
Sometime: Sometimes a drug called Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat itp. Talk to your doctor and see if it or whether you would be a candidate for other medications.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
There are many...: Rx's used for itp in both acute and chronic settings. For acute itp, steroids or ivig are mainstays of therapy. For chronic itp, splenectomy had been a common approach historically. However, new agents have been developed that may abrogate or delay need for this. Rituximab (anti-cd20 monoclonal ab) may be effective. An experimental thrombopoietin agonist, n-plate, is also showing promise for citp.
Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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