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Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) (cont.)

What Is The Outlook For Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

For most children and adults, ITP isn't a serious or life-threatening condition.

Acute ITP in children often goes away on its own within a few weeks or months and doesn't return. In most children who have ITP, the platelet count returns to normal within 6 months. Treatment may not be needed.

A small number of children, about 5 percent, whose ITP doesn't go away on its own may need to have further medical or surgical treatment.

Chronic ITP will vary with each individual and can last for many years. Even people who have severe forms of chronic ITP can live for decades. Most people who have chronic ITP are able at some point to stop treatment and keep a safe platelet count.

What Are Other Names For Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)?

  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura

Medically reviewed by Jeffrey A Gordon, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Oncology and Hematology

Last updated: 1/21/2011

SOURCE: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.

Last Editorial Review: 4/4/2014


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