BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007729
  • Rare disease

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura during pregnancy

  1. Rosa Zulmira
  1. Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Maternidade Júlio Dinis, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Porto, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gonçalo Inocêncio, inocencio{at}


Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is a very rare disease, especially during pregnancy. It is characterised by low platelet count and predominantly muco-cutaneous bleeding. There are many forms to monitor and treat these patients. Here, we present a case of a pregnant woman, with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, who was submitted to treatment only when the platelet count was below 10 000/μl, with human intravenous immunoglobulin. During the evolution of pregnancy, caesarean delivery and puerperium were favourable.

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