Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Thrombocytopenic Purpura Treatment

Treatment may not be necessary for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura often includes corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, platelet transfusion, and rituximab. Many will benefit from the surgical removal of the spleen.

Treatment options for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura include:

Thrombocytopenic Purpura Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Thrombocytopenic Purpura Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura:

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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Thrombocytopenic Purpura References
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