A clinical prediction score for transient versus persistent childhood immune thrombocytopenia

David E. Schmidt, Pernille Wendtland Edslev, Katja M.J. Heitink-Pollé, Bart Mertens, Marrie C.A. Bruin, Rick Kapur, Gestur Vidarsson, C. Ellen van der Schoot, Leendert Porcelijn, Johanna G. van der Bom, Steen Rosthøj, Masja de Haas

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Essentials There is a need for improved tools to predict persistent and chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). We developed and validated a clinical prediction model for recovery from newly diagnosed ITP. The Childhood ITP Recovery Score predicts transient vs. persistent ITP and response to intravenous immunoglobulins. The score may serve as a useful tool for clinicians to individualize patient care. Abstract: Background Childhood immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune bleeding disorder. The prognosis (transient, persistent, or chronic ITP) remains difficult to predict. The morbidity is most pronounced in children with persistent and chronic ITP. Clinical characteristics are associated with ITP outcomes, but there are no validated multivariate prediction models. Objective Development and external validatation of the Childhood ITP Recovery Score to predict transient versus persistent ITP in children with newly diagnosed ITP. Methods Patients with a diagnosis platelet count ≤ 20 × 109/L and age below 16 years were included from two prospective multicenter studies (NOPHO ITP study, N = 377 [development cohort]; TIKI trial, N = 194 [external validation]). The primary outcome was transient ITP (complete recovery with platelets ≥100 × 109/L 3 months after diagnosis) versus persistent ITP. Age, sex, mucosal bleeding, preceding infection/vaccination, insidious onset, and diagnosis platelet count were used as predictors. Results In external validation, the score predicted transient versus persistent ITP at 3 months follow-up with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.71. In patients predicted to have a high chance of recovery, we observed 85%, 90%, and 95% recovered 3, 6, and 12 months after the diagnosis. For patients predicted to have a low chance of recovery, this was 32%, 46%, and 71%. The score also predicted cessation of bleeding symptoms and the response to intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIg). Conclusion The Childhood ITP Recovery Score predicts prognosis and may be useful to individualize clinical management. In future research, the additional predictive value of biomarkers can be compared to this score. A risk calculator is available (http://www.itprecoveryscore.org).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of thrombosis and haemostasis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • decision support techniques
  • immune thrombocytopenia
  • intravenous immunoglobulins
  • prognosis

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