Danazol Therapy in Refractory Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenic PurpuraMazzucconi M.G.a · Francesconi M.a · Falcione E.a · Ferrari A.a · Gandolfo G.M.b · Ghirardini A.a · Tirindelli M.C.a
Institute of aHematology, Department of Human Biopathology, and bVI Institute of Clinical Medicine, University ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy
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We report our experience with danazol in the treatment of patients with refractory immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The effects of this drug were investigated in 10 patients, 6 males and 4 females, aged from 40 to 85 years, (median 58 years), with a platelet count below 50 × 109/1. The patients had previously been treated with steroids; one of them had also been unsuccessfully splenectomized. Danazol was administered at a dosage of 600 mg/day for 3 months. Before and after treatment, detection of antiplatelet antibodies was performed. Seven patients were treated for 3 months. One of them showed a transient increase of platelet count, in the others, no significant rise was noted. Six patients experienced side effects during treatment. We think that danazol does not appear to be an alternative therapeutical approach in refractory ITP.
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