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Platelets. 2019;30(5):549-562. doi: 10.1080/09537104.2019.1595561. Epub 2019 Apr 14.

Platelet function in preeclampsia - a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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a Centre for Haemophilia and Thrombosis, Department of Clinical Biochemistry , Aarhus University Hospital , Aarhus , Denmark.
b Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Aarhus University Hospital , Aarhus , Denmark.
c Department of Clinical Medicine , Aarhus University , Aarhus , Denmark.


Preeclampsia is a serious pregnancy-related complication. Platelets are potentially important in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, and platelet function analyses may prove as sensitive preeclampsia biomarkers. This study aimed to systematically review and summarise the literature on platelet function markers in preeclampsia. This systematic review was conducted according to PRISMA and registered in PROSPERO. Relevant studies were identified through PubMed and Embase on 15/08/17. As platelet function markers platelet activation, platelet aggregation and platelet adhesion markers were included. If possible, relevant data were extracted for each marker to perform a meta-analysis of the mean difference between women with and without preeclampsia. All 69 included articles underwent quality rating. Some platelet activation markers, especially p-selectin and mean platelet volume (MPV), were significantly increased comparing the two groups of women, while others were not. The meta-analysis demonstrated that, overall, women with preeclampsia had significantly higher MPV than in women without preeclampsia. No significant difference was found regarding platelet aggreg`ation comparing the two groups. Platelet adhesion was investigated in noneof the included studies. In conclusion, further studies are warranted to investigate platelet activation markers future role as predictive markers in preeclampsia. MPV is suggested as the most promising biomarker for evaluating platelet function in preeclampsia.


Eclampsia; mean platelet volume; platelet activation; platelet function; preeclampsia; pregnancy

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