Has anyone else with ITP also suffered from hair loss ? I'm 60 years old, have been suffering from ITP for several years and was put on Eltrombopag (revolade, promacta) about 4 months ago.
The drug has been the only thing that has resolved my ITP but a couple of days ago I found a large bald patch (larger than a tennis ball) on the side/back of my head that is hidden at the moment by my longish hair. I'm waiting to see a specialist.
Hair loss is listed as a possible side effect of eltrombopag but from what I've read hair loss caused by medication usually happens all over the head rather than in 1 completely bald patch. I gather that patchy hair loss is called Alopecia areata and is another autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks the follicles. I've had lots of immune suppresant drugs over the last year including rituximab, prednisilone, azathioprine and MMF. I'm not taking them now but I wonder whther withdrawing from them could have had an impact. I'm worried this will spread and I'll become completely bald ! Has enyone else with ITP had a similar problem ?