Michael D. Tarantino

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BACKGROUND Chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is characterised by accelerated platelet destruction and decreased platelet production. Short-term administration of the thrombopoiesis-stimulating protein, romiplostim, has been shown to increase platelet counts in most patients with chronic ITP. We assessed the long-term administration of(More)
BACKGROUND The thrombopoietin receptor agonist romiplostim could be an effective treatment in symptomatic children with persistent or chronic immune thrombocytopenia. We aimed to assess whether romiplostim is safe and effective in children with immune thrombocytopenia of more than 6 months' duration. METHODS In this phase 3 double-blind study, eligible(More)
"Immune thrombocytopenia" (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder that leads to peripheral destruction, as well as a decreased production of platelets. ITP most commonly presents as mild mucocutaneous bleeding. Though it is rare, the leading cause of mortality in persons with ITP is intracranial hemorrhage and those that do not respond to therapy are at increased(More)
Chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that results in chronically low platelet counts. Treatment guidelines recommend a platelet count of at least 50,000/µl before minor surgery and at least 80,000/µl before major surgery. This retrospective analysis explored invasive non-dental procedures associated with the risk of bleeding(More)
To examine utilization and outcomes in pediatric immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) hospitalizations, we used ICD-9 code 287.31 to identify hospitalizations in patients with ITP in the 2009 HCUP KID, an all-payer sample of pediatric hospitalizations from US community hospitals. Diagnosis and procedure codes were used to estimate rates of ITP-related procedures,(More)
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