December 19, 1980

Management of Pregnancy in Women With Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, Calif. Dr Crosby is now with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1980;244(24):2756-2758. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310240048027

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) may develop during pregnancy or affect later pregnancies. When this occurs, the obstetrician usually seeks the internist for help. The mother and fetus are at serious risk from thrombocytopenia and the measures that can control it. Case reports published since 1950 examine the pathogenesis of ITP and its special problems during pregnancy. Recommendations for management derive from these problems.

(JAMA 1980;244:2756-2758)