Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: A 15-year natural history study at the Children's Hospital Rijeka, Croatia
Article first published online: 24 AUG 2006
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Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Special Issue: 2nd Intercontinental Childhood ITP Study Group (ICIS) Expert Meeting on “Critical Issues and Future Research of ITP”, September 16–18, 2006, Yverdon, Switzerland
Volume 47, Issue S5, pages 662–664, 15 October 2006
How to Cite
Roganovic, J. and Letica-Crepulja, M. (2006), Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: A 15-year natural history study at the Children's Hospital Rijeka, Croatia. Pediatr. Blood Cancer, 47: 662–664. doi: 10.1002/pbc.20995
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 24 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Received: 27 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 2006
- idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
We review a 15-year experience with childhood idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) at a tertiary-care pediatric hospital in Croatia. Data confirm that ITP is typically a self-limited bleeding disorder that usually presents with mild symptoms in children between 1 and 10 years of age and affects both sexes equally. At presentation, more than half of the children had platelet counts of <10 × 109/L. The absence of preceding viral infection and insidious onset of symptoms were significantly associated with development of chronic ITP. In our experience, observation without specific therapy seems to be the optimal approach to a child with ITP. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2006;47:662–664. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.