Laparoscopic splenectomy is a better treatment for adult ITP than steroids--it should be used earlier in patient management. Conclusions of a ten-year follow-up study.

@article{Khan2007LaparoscopicSI,
  title={Laparoscopic splenectomy is a better treatment for adult ITP than steroids--it should be used earlier in patient management. Conclusions of a ten-year follow-up study.},
  author={Lucy R Khan and Stephen J. Nixon},
  journal={The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland},
  year={2007},
  volume={5 1},
  pages={
          3-4, 6-8
        }
}
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has rapidly become the preferred surgical treatment for immune thrombocytopaenic purpura (ITP). The aim of this study was to assess the long-term outcome of laparoscopic splenectomy for adult ITP performed in a single unit. METHODS Between 1992 and 2002, 55 patients underwent LS for ITP refractory to medical therapy. These were performed by one surgeon. Long-term outcome data was obtained by case note review and telephone-based questionnaire. Complete… CONTINUE READING