Continuous, low-dose therapy with interferon-α for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Donald W Northfelt, L. D. Kaplan, D. I. Abrams

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A patient with HIV-related immune thrombocytopenic purpura (HIV-ITP) had a rapid rise in platelet count when treated with interferon-α2b, 3 million units three times weekly. There were no significant toxicities with therapy. His platelet count fell to pretreatment levels when therapy was discontinued, then increased again when therapy was reinstituted at 1.5 million units three times weekly. Interferon-α2b, administered continuously at low doses, is well tolerated, effective, and possibly less immunosuppressive than other treatments for HIV-ITP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-239
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Hematology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes



  • immunosuppressive
  • platelet count

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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