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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2001 Feb;21(2):147-54.

Coagulation, fibrinolysis and platelet P-selectin expression in peripheral vascular disease.

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Abteilung für Kardiologie/Angiologie, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Universitaet Leipzig, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

to examine coagulation, fibrinolysis, and platelet activity in patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

DESIGN:

fifty consecutive PVD patients and 50 healthy volunteers. (Prospective comparative study.)

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

P-selectin expression in non-fixed, whole blood was measured flow cytometrically on non-stimulated and ADP- and TRAP-6-stimulated samples. Plasma fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor (vWF), tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 were determined using standard techniques. Disease severity was stratified on the basis of the ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) and the angiographic data were assessed using the Bollinger score.

RESULTS:

coagulation and fibrinolysis parameters as well as the P-selectin expression on both stimulated and non-stimulated platelets were significantly increased in patients vs controls (all p<0.01). The respective sensitivity and specificity were as follows: P-selectin expression (81%, 94%), vWF (72%, 86%), fibrinogen (64%, 98%), PAI-1 (44%, 90%), tPA (15%, 100%). P-selectin expression on TRAP-6-stimulated MP correlated with disease severity (r=0.40, p<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

these findings support the concept of ongoing thrombogenesis in the subclinical progression of PVD and demonstrate the high diagnostic sensitivity of flow cytometric analysis of platelet activation.

PMID:
11237788
DOI:
10.1053/ejvs.2000.1294
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