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Pathophysiology of immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Authors
Journal
Blood Reviews
0268-960X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
16
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1054/blre.2001.0173

Abstract

Abstract In 1951, the young hematologist in training, Dr. William Harrington, infused himself with plasma from a patient with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). He rapidly developed severe, but transient, thrombocytopenia and was at risk for serious hemorrhage. Thus, the humoral autoimmune cause of ITP was established. Since 1953, when Dr. Harrington's in vivo studies ended, in vitro investigations have aimed to determine the molecular and cellular details of immune-mediated platelet destruction.

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