Association of breast cancer and immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Celalettin Ustun, Paul Dainer, Linda Hendricks, Charles Todd Bruker, Russell Burgess

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Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and breast cancer are common disorders. Only six cases in which patients have had both diseases have been reported. We describe a 40-year-old woman who had ITP while responding to therapy for metastatic breast cancer. Given the few reported cases, the diverse presentations of thrombocytopenia during the course of each patient's breast cancer and the variable therapeutic responses of ITP, the association of breast cancer and ITP is probably coincidental.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1335-1337
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2002


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Ustun, C., Dainer, P., Hendricks, L., Bruker, C. T., & Burgess, R. (2002). Association of breast cancer and immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Southern medical journal, 95(11), 1335-1337.