Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Outlook

What to expect with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura:

  • About 85 percent of people with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) recover within 2 months.
  • About 15 percent of people with ITP will have long-term ITP.
  • About 10 to 20 percent of those with long-term ITP recover without treatment.
  • About 80 percent of those with long-term ITP have low platelet counts for months to years.
  • Symptoms can come and go.

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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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