Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Treatment

Treatment for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura includes plasma exchange. Plasma is the liquid part of blood that does not include the blood cells. Plasma exchange removes the plasma, and replaces it with new, fresh frozen plasma. An average of 5 plasma exchanges are performed in the first 10 ten days to treat this condition. Additional treatment for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura may include medication, blood transfusion, and surgery to remove the spleen.

Successful response to therapy is measured by:

Treatment for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura may include:

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • 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?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Specialist

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

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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