11 doctors weighed in:

Can itp be fatal?

11 doctors weighed in
Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree

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.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
Answer assisted by Brittany Chan, Medical Student
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3 comments
Dr. Barry Rosen
Rarely, splenectomy may be indicated to treat ITP resistant to medical management.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Yes. agree!
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Can be

Agree with Dr. C.
If left untreated low platelet count can be fatal, e.g., due to bleeding in brain. But ITP can generally be treated.

In brief: Can be

Agree with Dr. C.
If left untreated low platelet count can be fatal, e.g., due to bleeding in brain. But ITP can generally be treated.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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