2 DefinitionITP is an immune-mediated disorder of platelet destruction caused by antibodies.These antibodies react with platelet glycoproteins, particularly glycoprotein IIb-IIIa, the platelet fibrinogen receptor and glycoprotein Ib.
3 Classification of ITP Acute and Chronic Primary and secondary Acute ITP is common in children following viral exanthems or upper respiratory infections.60% recover in 4-6 wks and >90% in 3-6 m.caused by immune complexes that contain viral antigens that bind to pl. Fc receptors or by Ab produced against viral Ag that cross react with pl.Chronic : indolent form of thrombocytopenia that persists for many yearsSecondary: SLE, HIV, Hep C, immunodeficieny or lymphoproliferative disorders[B cell malignancies-CLL and large granular leukemias]
4 Who develops ITP? Typically a woman between 18 and 40 yrs. Female to male incidence: 3:1Gender disparity disappears largely in elderly
5 How do we diagnose ITP ITP is a diagnosis of exclusion Isolated thrombocytopenia in an otherwise healthy individual, with an otherwise unremarkable peripheral smear, with/without physical findings of evidence of bleeding.What is the best diagnostic test?Response to treatment especially to IVIG or IV anti-D, even if transient is the single best diagnostic test
6 Diagnosis contd…..What is the role of antiplatelet antibodies in the diagnosis of ITP?We do not rely on measuring anti platelet antibodies to make or exclude a diagnosis of ITPThey are also seen in % of pts with certain causes of “non immune” thrombocytopenias[e.g Chr. Liver dz, MDS]These assays lack sensitivity to exclude a diagnosis of ITP
7 When do we perform bone marrow examination Over 60 yrs of age[as the incidence of MDS is significant]In those who do not show a robust response[>50,000] to treatmentOften prior to splenectomyWhen more than one cell lines are involved
8 What is the role of H.pylori in ITP? Remissions induced by eradication of asymptomatic H.pylori were reported in studies from Japan and Italy, but is not our experienceConsider testing in those with GI symptoms and in chronic cases
9 Who do we treat?Our usual practice is to maintain a somewhat higher platelet count of 30,000.Major bleeding including spontaneous ICH occurs predominantly in pts with platelet counts<20,000, generally <10,000The risk of bleeding depends on the age of individual, comorbidities and the medications
10 Treatment Emergency- IV methylprednisolone [1 gm/day for 1-3 days] IVIG [1 gm/kg/day for 2-3 days]+/-IV anti-D [75mcg/kg]+/-IV Vincristine[1-2 mg]+/-Platelet transfusion+/-Factor VIIa[if unresponsive to other modalities of treatment, if immediate response is needed, e.g. ICH]
11 Treatment contd….. Initial treatment for non emergent indications Prednisone 1 mg/kg/day+/- IV anti-D[50-75mcg/kg]+/- IVIG[1 gm/kg/day x 2-3 days as needed]ORDexamethasone[40 mg/day po x 4 days/month]
12 Treatment contd….. Persistent ITP: Low dose prednisone[<10 mg/day] IV anti-D[50-75mcg/kg/dose]IV anti-CD20[Rituximab] [375mg/m2 q week x 4]Danazol [10-15 mg/kg/day po]Treatment for 3-12 months from diagnosis
13 Splenectomy Indications: Whose disease does not abate by 1 yr after diagnosisWho do not show a durable response to therapyWho are intolerant to therapyWe use IVIG, IV anti-D or pulse doses of corticosteroids to boost the pl count prior to surgeryImmunize pts 2 wks prior to surgery with polyvalent pneumococcal, H.influenzae type b and meningococcus85% attain hemostatic response after splenectomy and 2/3rds achieve durable response.
14 Chronic ITP Pl count<20-30,000 First line therapies: IV anti-CD20[Rituximab]OrDanazol +azathioprine or mycophenolate mofetilPrednisone or IVIG prnSecond line therapy:Cyclophosphamide or cyclosporineThird line therapy:Combination chemotherapyStem cell transplantation
15 Newer therapies Thrombopoeitin receptor agonist- Eltrombopag It is an oral small-molecule non peptide platelet growth factorIt increased pl counts[to 50,000 or more] in a dose dependant manner[50 or 75 mg] in pts with relapsed or refractory ITP with pl count <30,000This was attained in 80% of pts within 2 wks
16 Newer therapies contd….. Romiplostim[Nplate]A thrombopoeitin receptor agonistShould only be used in pt s with chronic ITP with insufficient response to steroids, IG or splenectomy and in pts whose degree of thrombocytopenia and clinical condition increase the risk for bleedingDosage: initial dose of 1 mcg/kg s.q q wkly[max of 10 mcg/kg], increase by 1 mcg/kg/wk as needed to achieve and maintain pl count >50,000.stop after 4 wks if no improvement in pl counts or if pl count >400Adverse reactions:dizziness, insomnia, arthralgia, myalgia, pain in extremity, abdomen, shoulder,dyspepsia and paresthesiaPrecautions: increases the risk for reticulin deposition in bone marrow-may result in marrow fibrosis with cytopenias; may increase risk for MDS
17 A 70 yr old woman is evaluated for a 4 m h/o easy bruisability A 70 yr old woman is evaluated for a 4 m h/o easy bruisability. Her medical history is otherwise non contributory. Physical exam and vitals are normal.CBC showed a Hb of 11.5, WBC of 4500 and pl of 35,000. Evidence of thrombocytopenia is noted on PBS. Pt is treated with prednisone, 1mg/kg/day. After 3 wks, pl count is 30,000. Which is the most appropriate next step: 1.Increase prednisone dose 2.Add anti-Rh D Ig 3.Perform bone marrow aspiration and biopsy 4.perform splenectomy
18 Bone marrow aspirate and biopsy should be done in pts with suspected ITP who do not respond to prednisone therapy.
19 A 32 yr old woman is evaluated during a routine exam A 32 yr old woman is evaluated during a routine exam. She feels well and takes no medications. She has not had excessive bruising, epistaxis or gingival bleeding. She is not pregnant.PMH is otherwise non contributory. Physical exam and vitals are normal.CBC is normal except pl 40,000.PBS shows a decreased no. of pl, otherwise is normal. Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in management of this pt? 1.Antiplatelet antibody measurement 2.Bone marrow examination 3.Trial of prednisone 4.Periodic monitoring of pl count
20 Isolated thrombocytopenia in an otherwise healthy young pt is most commonly due to ITP Pts with ITP and low risk of bleeding as demonstrated by a pl count of >40,000 require only periodic monitoring of pl count. Measurement of antiplatelet glycoprotein abs may occasionally helpful in pt s with complex clinical and lab findings. Therapy for ITP is usually not initiated until pl count falls to <30,000.
21 A 34 yr old woman is evaluated prior to undergoing mammoplasty A 34 yr old woman is evaluated prior to undergoing mammoplasty.during her teenage years, she was diagnosed with “abnormal blood” for which she received prednisone. She does not believe this therapy reversed her hematologic abnormality. Also has occasional epistaxis and heavy menses but no prior surgery or significant trauma.she has no children and takes only OTC antihistamines and tylenol prn. Her mother and sister had ITP for which her sister was treated with corticosteroids. Physical exam and vitals are normal.CBC unremarkable except pl count of 40,000. PBS shows a giant platelet. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis: 1.Inherited thrombocytopenic condition 2.ITP 3.Drug induced thrombocytopenia 4.Pseudothrombocytopenia
22 An inherited thrombocytopenic disorder should be suspected in otherwise healthy pts with a low platelet count, giant pl on PBS, a family history of thrombocytopenia and who are refractory to steroids. ITP is not an inherited condition. The May-Hegglin anomaly, characterized by giant platelets and often only producing modest bleeding manifestations, is the likely inherited disorder in this patient.