August 1980

Plasma Exchange in Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine (Drs Weir and Poon) and the Division of Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology (Drs Poon and McGowan), University of Alabama in Birmingham; the Veterans Administration Hospital (Drs Poon and McGowan); and the Regional Red Cross Blood Center (Dr McGowan), Birmingham, Ala.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(8):1101-1103. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330190113035

• Two cases of adult-onset idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), refractory to conventional therapy, were treated. Because of recent successful reports of plasma exchange in ITP, this technique was performed on each patient. In both cases, the therapy was unsuccessful in controlling their disease, suggesting that in refractory adult-onset ITP, plasma exchange may not be an effective mode of therapy.

(Arch Intern Med 140:1101-1103, 1980)