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Can itp be fatal?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
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In brief: Can be, but rare

Most people w/ treated itp can expect to live a normal life span.
Platelets help the blood clot, so a person w/ extremely low platelets (due to immune system attack in itp) can have fatal bleeding esp in the brain. However, this happens <1% of the time. Your doctor will monitor your platelets, and there are many treatments for itp such as Prednisone that can help maintain a good platelet count.

In brief: Can be, but rare

Most people w/ treated itp can expect to live a normal life span.
Platelets help the blood clot, so a person w/ extremely low platelets (due to immune system attack in itp) can have fatal bleeding esp in the brain. However, this happens <1% of the time. Your doctor will monitor your platelets, and there are many treatments for itp such as Prednisone that can help maintain a good platelet count.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Rarely, splenectomy may be indicated to treat ITP resistant to medical management.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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