Thrombocytopenia occurs frequently in chronic hepatitis C. The mechanism of this association was investigated utilizing the immature platelet fraction (IPF%) as an index of platelet production together with assay of thrombopoietin (TPO).
In a cross-sectional study, 47 patients with chronic hepatitis C were studied, 29 with thrombocytopenia and 18 without thrombocytopenia (six patients in each group were on interferon therapy).
IPF% was elevated in the thrombocytopenic compared with the nonthrombocytopenic group (9.0 ± 4.8% vs. 4.7 ± 2.4%, P < 0.001), and an increase in IPF% was significantly associated with thrombocytopenia on multivariable analysis (P < 0.05). Splenomegaly was more common in thrombocytopenic than in nonthrombocytopenic subjects (66% vs. 6%, P < 0.001), and on multivariable analysis, splenomegaly was the factor associated with the highest relative risk of thrombocytopenia (RR = 1.9, P < 0.05). IPF% values were elevated in a similar proportion of thrombocytopenic patients with and without splenomegaly (58% and 60%, respectively). There was no difference in TPO levels between thrombocytopenic and nonthrombocytopenic patients, and TPO levels were not related to the risk of thrombocytopenia on multivariable analysis. Significantly more thrombocytopenic than nonthrombocytopenic subjects had abnormal liver function tests, cirrhosis, and portal hypertension, and a decrease in serum albumin was significantly associated with thrombocytopenia (P < 0.005) on multivariable analysis.
Factors associated with liver disease in general are associated with thrombocytopenia in chronic hepatitis C. Peripheral platelet destruction or sequestration is the major mechanism for thrombocytopenia, with hypersplenism being an important cause. Low TPO levels were not related to the occurrence of thrombocytopenia in this study.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: IntroductionImmature platelet fraction (IPF) is a parameter for reticulated platelets. A high percentage IPF (%-IPF) is indicative of consumptive or recovering thrombocytopenic disorders in contrast to a low %-IPF seen in aplastic states. Absolute IPF (A-IPF) specifically reflects the number of immature platelets in circulation. This study aimed to establish reliable reference intervals for %-IPF and A-IPF. Methods
Except outliers, platelet counts and IPF were determined in 2152 healthy individuals (1252 men and 900 women) and 133 umbilical cord blood from healthy full-term neonates using XE-2100 hematology analyzer (Sysmex, Kobe, Japan). The reference intervals for %-IPF and A-IPF were defined using nonparametrical percentile methods according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standard Institute (CLSI) guideline. ResultsPlatelets,%-IPF, and A-IPF all showed nonparametrical distributions. In total individuals, the reference intervals for %-IPF and A-IPF were 0.5-3.3% (0.5-3.1% in men; 0.5-3.4% in women) and 1.25-7.02x10(9)/L (1.30-6.80x10(9)/L in men; 1.21-7.15x 10(9)/L in women), respectively. The reference intervals for %-IPF and A-IPF in umbilical cord blood were 0.7-3.8% and 1.93-9.7x 10(9)/L, respectively. Conclusions
This study provides the reference interval for IPF, including %-IPF and A-IPF, according to the CLSI guideline. These results could be used as fundamental data for clinical use as well as future researches.
International journal of laboratory hematology 01/2013; 35(5). DOI:10.1111/ijlh.12049 · 1.82 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Platelets contain not only hemostatic factors but also many growth factors that play important roles in wound healing and tissue repair, and has been already used for the promotion of tissue regeneration in the clinical setting, such as dental implantation and plastic surgery. Thrombocytopenia, which is frequently found in patients with chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, is due to various causes such as decreased thrombopoietin production and accelerated platelet destruction caused by hypersplenism. However, the relationship between thrombocytopenia and hepatic pathogenesis and the role of platelets in chronic liver disease are poorly understood. In acute liver injury, it is reported that platelets are recruited to the liver and contributes to liver damage by promoting the induction of chemotactic factors and the accumulation of leukocytes in the liver, whereas platelets or mediators released by platelets can have a protective effect against liver injury. In this review, we highlight the recent accumulated knowledge concerning the role of platelets in chronic liver disease and acute liver injury.
Hepatology Research 07/2013; 44(2). DOI:10.1111/hepr.12205 · 2.74 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the interrelation between splenic siderotic nodules, hypersplenism and liver function in patients with liver cirrhosis. The splenic enhanced susceptibility-weighted angiography (ESWAN) and conventional magnetic resonance images of 33 patients with liver cirrhosis were retrospectively studied and the ESWAN images were graded. The distribution and prevalence of the image grades for patients with and without hypersplenism were evaluated. In addition, the splenic volume and the distribution of Child-Pugh and albumin scores were compared between patients with and without siderotic nodules, and the correlation between splenic volume and the ESWAN image grades were evaluated in the patients with siderotic nodules. The ESWAN images revealed splenic siderotic nodules in 24 patients. The distribution and prevalence of the ESWAN image grades were demonstrated to be significantly different (P<0.001) between patients with and without hypersplenism. Furthermore, significant differences were observed between patients with and without siderotic nodules with regard to splenic volume and the distribution of Child-Pugh and serum albumin scores (P<0.001). No significant correlation was demonstrated between splenic volume and the ESWAN image grades (P>0.05). In conclusion, a higher prevalence of splenic siderotic nodules (72.7%) was observed using the ESWAN sequence, in comparison with results from previous studies, obtained using the T1-spoiled gradient echo sequence. The presence of splenic siderotic nodules was consistent with the occurrence of hypersplenism and was interrelated with reserved liver function.
Experimental and therapeutic medicine 08/2013; 6(2):445-450. DOI:10.3892/etm.2013.1135 · 1.27 Impact Factor
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