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The Bleeding Risk and Natural History of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura in Patients With Persistent Low Platelet Counts

Background  No firm data are available on the natural history of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) or on mortality rates or frequency of major bleeding episodes associated with this condition. The disease is thought to have a relatively benign course, despite the frequent occurrence of…