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ITP: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura
Posted by: Autumn
Date: July 16, 2001 5:14 PM

Do you have any dealings with patients who have ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura) and what affects does it has on pregnancy and if it can be a factor in a miscarriage? I am 24 years old and when I was about 15 I was diagnosed with ITP. I was treated for 5 years or so and I began to maintain a normal platelet count. I was told by my specialist that if ever I were to become pregnant that I would probably be in the high risk catagory for a high risk pregnancy. I was released from the speciality clinic after maintaining a normal platelet count for a year and I've never been checked for normal platelets since then. I was told that pregnancy could trigger it and make my ITP flair up. I got pregnant a couple years ago and had a miscarriage at about 6-8 weeks. A few months later I got pregnant again and was blessed with a wonderful daughter. During this time they never checked my platelets. Just recently I got pregnant again and miscarried again. I'm wanting to see if my history of ITP has any bearing on this.

RE: ITP: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 16, 2001 7:11 PM

Certainly ITP it is a risk factor in pregnancy and a history of ITP should be taken into account when a new pregnancy occurs. If you become pregnant again, be sure your doctor is fully informed about your history and that you have frequent platelet counts.



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