Chronic ITP

What can I expect during a chronic ITP diagnosis?

ITP is a diagnosis of exclusion. That means that in order to diagnose ITP your doctor will have to rule out other conditions first, such as viral infections like HIV or hepatitis C and lupus. This may take several weeks.


Once you have been diagnosed with ITP, you and your doctors will have to see if your platelet counts respond to acute ITP treatments (such as steroids or IVIg). If those treatments fail to keep platelet counts up safely and consistently after 6 months, you will be diagnosed with chronic ITP.


At that point, it’s time to consider other chronic ITP treatment options such as PROMACTA® (eltrombopag).


This might be a stressful time, but it’s important to remain calm and not jump to conclusions. ITP can be a very individual journey, with every patient having a different story, but you are not in this alone. Your health care team, family, and 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. And as a mother of 3 active boys, the unpredictable nature of chronic ITP can be really tough. I may not be able to control the fact that I have chronic ITP, but I can control how I choose to think about my condition.

When my doctor first diagnosed me with ITP, all I could think about was trying to beat it. Finding out that it’s chronic means facing the fact that I’m in it for the long haul. 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.

It’s been a really long journey. There were so many doctors and failed treatments before I finally got a diagnosis. I’ll be honest—I still have bad days sometimes. But I’ve learned that if I stay positive, I focus less on how my life is impacted by chronic ITP and more on what means the most to me.