Diagnosis

What can I expect from a chronic immune thrombocytopenia (chronic ITP) diagnosis?

In order to diagnose chronic ITP, your doctor will have to rule out other conditions first, such as viral infections. This may take several weeks.

 

Once those are ruled out, your doctor will look at your platelet counts to help diagnose your condition.

 

General guidelines to platelet count ranges

aIn patients, treatment is recommended for platelet counts <30,000/mcL and should be adjusted to maintain counts >50,000/mcL.

 

Once you have been diagnosed with ITP, you and your doctors will have to see if your platelet counts rise with treatments such as steroids or intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). If those treatments fail to keep platelet counts up safely and consistently, that’s a sign you have chronic ITP.

 

Talk to your doctor because its time to consider other treatment options, such as once-daily PROMACTA® (eltrombopag).

 

This might be a stressful time, but it’s important to get the facts and work closely with your health care team. Every ITP patient has a different story, but you are not in this alone. Your family, health care team, and our PROMACTA Patient Support Program are there to help.

It took a long time for my doctor to diagnose me with chronic ITP. I never knew what kind of day it was going to be. The unpredictable nature of chronic ITP can be really tough, especially when you’re a mother with many responsibilities. What kept me fighting was the knowledge that even though I may not be able to control the fact that I have chronic ITP, I can control how I choose to think about my condition and that lets me start finding balance in my life.

When my doctor first diagnosed me with ITP, all I could think about was trying to beat it. I’m the kind of person who is always in control and never gives up. But when I found out from my doctor that my ITP was chronic, it meant that I had to face the fact that I’m in it for the long haul. This is something I’ll always be dealing with. By learning everything I can about my treatment options and following my doctor’s instructions, I know I’m doing my part to help manage my chronic ITP. 

Sometimes it feels like it’s been a really long journey with ITP. Juggling going to school with countless doctors’ appointments and failed treatments was challenging. But soon after, I finally got a chronic ITP diagnosis. I’ll be honest—I still have bad days sometimes. But I’ve learned that if I stay positive, I can focus less on how my life is impacted by chronic ITP and more on what means the most to me. 

The above are patient portrayals.