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What's the best treatment to get rid of itp?
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Many options....
Traditionally, acute itp was treated with ivig, which leverages anti-idiotype effect and fc receptor engagement to block PLT degradation.
Winrho has been used. It recognizes a protein on the surface of red cells and essentially ties up the reticuloendothelial system. But it causes a mild anemia, so has fallen out of favor. Steroids, rituximab, splenectomy, and thrombopoietin agonists r options.

In brief: Many options....
Traditionally, acute itp was treated with ivig, which leverages anti-idiotype effect and fc receptor engagement to block PLT degradation.
Winrho has been used. It recognizes a protein on the surface of red cells and essentially ties up the reticuloendothelial system. But it causes a mild anemia, so has fallen out of favor. Steroids, rituximab, splenectomy, and thrombopoietin agonists r options.
Dr. Michael Engel
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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Treat the cause
With itp (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) the body's own antibodies attack its platelets, causing bleeding.
There is no apparent cause (that's what "idiopathic" means), but sometimes a cause can be found and treated. Otherwise supportive care at the er or in the hospital is often needed since the patient has no way to stop bleeding once it starts.

In brief: Treat the cause
With itp (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) the body's own antibodies attack its platelets, causing bleeding.
There is no apparent cause (that's what "idiopathic" means), but sometimes a cause can be found and treated. Otherwise supportive care at the er or in the hospital is often needed since the patient has no way to stop bleeding once it starts.
David Miller
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