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Immune thrombocytopenia in the elderly: clinical course in 525 patients from a single center in China.
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PMID:  22956151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), often diagnosed in the elderly, is a hematologic disorder induced by autoimmune mechanism. In this retrospective study, we evaluated the clinical features, the risk of bleeding, and the response to treatment in 525 elderly ITP patients (age ≥60 years) diagnosed at our center from 1980 to 2009. There were more females at 60-74 years of age (P = 0.044). The median duration of follow-up was 27 months (range 1-253 months). Ten patients developed thrombosis during treatment of ITP. At diagnosis, 461 patients (87.8 %) had signs of bleeding. The risk of severe bleeding was associated with both platelet count (P < 0.001; odds ratio (OR), 0.973) and age (P = 0.025; OR, 1.039). The cutoff points in the platelet count at which bleeding and severe bleeding would begin to appear were 29.5 × 10(9) and 21.5 × 10(9)/L, respectively. Sixteen of 144 patients (11.1 %) who did not receive any treatment achieved remission spontaneously. The total response rate to treatment was 62.4 % (166/266). The median time to remission was 7 days, and combined use of intravenous immunoglobulin and steroids took effect faster than use of steroids alone (P = 0.001). Fifty-two patients (31.3 %) relapsed during follow-up. Of the 27 patients who died during follow-up, seven deaths were directly attributed to ITP. In conclusion, the response rate has been improved since the last 10 years. ITP is also a self-limited disease to some extent in the elderly, but easy to relapse. This review represents the largest collection of elderly ITP patients in China in a single center.
Hu Zhou; Rongfeng Fu; Hongmei Wang; Fangfang Zhou; Huiyuan Li; Zeping Zhou; Lei Zhang; Renchi Yang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of hematology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-0584     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Hematol.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9107334     Medline TA:  Ann Hematol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
State Key Laboratory of Experimental Hematology, Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, 288 Nanjing Road, Tianjin, 300020, People's Republic of China.
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