Long-term follow-up of autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP) patients submitted to splenectomy

Maria Gabriella Mazzucconi, Maria Cristina Arista, Monica Peraino, Antonio Chistolini, Carla Felici, Vittorio Francavilla, Elvira Macale, Laura Conti, Giuseppe Maria Gandolfo

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We studied the general outcome in 94 adult patients with autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP) submitted to splenectomy. Of 84/94 patients who presented a complete or partial response 30 d after splenectomy, 16 (19%) showed one or more relapses. The clinical situation of the 81 patients still under observation is as follows: 13 unrensponsive, 60 completely or partially responsive, without relapses during the follow-up, 8 completely or partially responsive after one or more relapses. No correlation was found between the favourable splenectomy outcome and age at splenectomy, the diagnosis- splenectomy interval and initial response to corticosteroids. The probability of disease-free survival is 83%, projected at 10 yr, while the overall survival is 93%, projected at 10 yr. PAIgG levels of the normal subjects and of responding patients were found to be similar, while in the groups of non- responding/relapsing patients, significantly higher values of PAIgG were detected, as compared to the control group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-222
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Haematology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Splenectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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