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Despite proven efficacy and increased availability of therapeutic plasma exchange, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. This study utilized the Kids' Inpatient Database and National Inpatient Sample (2003 to 2016) to study predictors of in-hospital mortality in hospitalized TTP patients. Adjusted odds ratios of death with various putative risk factors were calculated using multiple regression analysis. Among 1568 hospitalizations with TTP as primary admission diagnosis who underwent therapeutic plasma exchange, 69 deaths were identified (all-cause mortality, 0.04%; median time-to-death, 6 wk). Overall, hospitalizations rates were fairly similar across the study period. The overall incidence of TTP related hospitalizations is 1.51 per 100,000 hospitalizations. A total of 69 deaths were reported with an all-cause in-hospital mortality rate of 0.04% (69/1568). The median time-to-death was 6 weeks. The majority of deaths occurred in age 16 to 20 years (58%), females (56.5%), and African American (42.9%) as shown in Table 2. Mean age for nonsurvivors was 14 years and the mean age of 15 years for survivors (P=0.01). Younger age, male sex, African-American ethnicity, malignancy, sepsis, acute kidney injury, platelet transfusion was significantly associated with mortality in patients with TTP. Early and targeted therapy for high risk individuals should be used to guide management of TTP patients for improved survival outcomes.


Krishna Kishore Umapathi, Aravind Thavamani, Mammen Puliyel. Predictors of In-Hospital Mortality in Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura in Children in the United States: A Population Analysis. Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology. 2020 Jul;42(5):e340-e344

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PMID: 32011563

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