IV immunoglobulin does not prevent chronic immune thrombocytopenia among children

"IV immunoglobin treatment at immune thrombocytopenia diagnosis did not lead to a lower rate of chronic immune thrombocytopenia among children, according to results from a randomized clinical trial.

“This will influence clinical care in daily practice; IV immunoglobin treatment should only be given based on individual patient characteristics, like for toddlers who fall often or teenage girls who have had their menarche in order to stop or prevent bleeding,” Katja M.J. Heitink-Pollé, MD, from the department of pediatric hematology at University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands, told HemOnc Today. “But, we have also shown that observation is a good alternative to IV immunoglobin treatment, information that is particularly useful to counsel parents and patients and for clinicians in low-income countries that cannot afford IV immunoglobin.” "

 - From Healio.com

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