The immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) bleeding score: assessment of bleeding in patients with ITP


Bethan Psaila, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 515 East 71st Street, S723, New York, NY 10021, USA.


A method for objective quantification of bleeding symptoms in immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) has not been established. The ITP Bleeding Scale (IBLS) is a novel bleeding assessment system comprising 11 site-specific grades. Implementation of the IBLS on 100 patient visits revealed that although platelet count and large platelet count correlated well with bleeding symptoms overall, this relationship disappeared in marked thrombocytopenia. The IBLS is a useful clinical tool for monitoring bleeding and may be used to aid the development of laboratory parameters that correlate with underlying bleeding propensity in thrombocytopenia.