Rituximab leads to long remissions in patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia

Khalid Al-Habsi, Murtadha Al-Khabori*, Muhanna Al-Muslahi, Anil Pathare, Khalil Al-Farsi, Mohammed Al-Huneini, Sulayma Al-Lamki, Salam Al-Kindi

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Objectives: To assess the response rate and duration of response in patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) receiving rituximab. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 32 consecutive patients with chronic ITP who were treated in two tertiary centers in Oman. Response assessment was based on the American Society of Hematology criteria. Results: Nineteen patients (59%) had an initial response. However, six of the 19 patients lost their response leaving 13 patients with long-lasting remissions. The median age at diagnosis was 25 years (range 14–58). The median time from diagnosis to rituximab therapy was 21 months. The median follow-up after starting rituximab was 26 months. The overall cumulative response rate was 59% (complete response 44%, partial response 15%) and the median time to respond was 30 days with a response rate of 44% at four weeks. In all responders, the cumulative rate of loss of response was 32% with a median time to lose response of 54 months. Conclusions: The use of rituximab in ITP achieves high response rate and long remission duration. Our study was limited by the small sample size and further larger prospective studies are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Blood platelets
  • Idiopathic
  • Purpura
  • Rituximab
  • Thrombocytopenic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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