<p>In women with pre-existing immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), the effect of pregnancy on the course of the disease is poorly known. We performed a dual-centre retrospective cohort study of 118 pregnancies in 82 women with primary ITP. In early pregnancy, the platelet count was <100 × 10(9) /l in 35·6% of pregnancies. During pregnancy the median platelet count nadir was 66 × 10(9) /l (25th-75th percentile: 42-117), with platelet count <30 × 10(9) /l for 26 pregnancies (22%). In 49% of pregnancies, a significant decrease of the platelet count required treatment at least transiently in preparation for delivery. At the time of delivery, the median platelet count was 110 × 10(9) /l (77-155). Compared to before pregnancy, at 3 months post-partum, only 11% of pregnancies [95% confidence interval (95% CI): 6·8-20·2] showed disease worsening. Previous splenectomy was the only factor significantly associated with ITP worsening after pregnancy (53·9% vs. 10·3%, P < 0·001). For 8·3% of the pregnancies (95% CI: 3·8-15·1), neonatal thrombocytopenia required treatment, especially in case of previous maternal splenectomy (adjusted odds ratio 16·7, 95% CI: 2·61-106). The overall risk of exacerbation of ITP and severe thrombocytopenia during pregnancy is acceptable. </p>
Effect of pregnancy on the course of immune thrombocytopenia: a retrospective study of 118 pregnancies in 82 women.
Br J Haematol. 2014;166(6):929-35.
MeSH terms: Adult; Delivery, Obstetric; Female; Humans; Platelet Count; Postpartum Hemorrhage; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic; Pregnancy Outcome; Prenatal Care; Purpura, Thrombocytopenic, Idiopathic; Retrospective Studies; Thrombocytopenia, Neonatal Alloimmune; Young Adult