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Interpretive Handbook

Test 8937 :
Cell-Bound Platelet Autoantibody, Solid Phase, Blood

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Platelet antibodies may be allo- or autoantibodies and may be directed to a wide range of antigenic "targets" on platelet cytoplasmic membranes. Alloantibodies are involved in clinical conditions such as platelet refractoriness, neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, and posttransfusion purpura. In contrast, platelet autoantibodies are involved in idiopathic (autoimmune) thrombocytopenic purpura, the thrombocytopenia associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, and with the thrombocytopenia associated with sepsis (usually bacterial, occasionally fungal). Sometimes platelet autoantibodies can be detected in the patient's serum, but extensive data demonstrate that direct detection of immunologically bound immunoglobulin (usually IgG) is considerably more sensitive for autoantibody detection. The method consists of an elution step followed by solid-phase enzyme-linked immunoassay, which not only concentrates the cell-bound antibodies, but identifies the target glycoproteins against which they are directed. In most studies of autoimmune thrombocytopenia, the majority (approximately 80%) of detected autoantibodies were directed to the platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa and, more rarely, to other glycoproteins such as Ib/IX (approximately 11%) or Ia/IIa.

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnosis of idiopathic (autoimmune) thrombocytopenia purpura


Diagnosis of immune thrombocytopenia associated with systemic lupus erythematosus or other disorders associated with autoimmune phenomena

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

A positive test, particularly to GP IIB/IIIa or Ib/IX, in the presence of thrombocytopenia (not explained by other findings) is consistent with idiopathic (autoimmune) thrombocytopenic purpura.


Similarly, a positive test in a thrombocytopenic patient with systemic lupus erythematosus is consistent with an autoimmune cause.


Patients who are septic may also have a positive test with reactivity against most glycoproteins.


Presence of reactivity to some glycoproteins has no clearly established clinical significance.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Results of this test should be interpreted in light of the clinical circumstances.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Clinical References Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. McMillan R, Tani P, Millard F, et al: Platelet-associated and plasma anti-glycoprotein autoantibodies in chronic ITP. Blood 1987;70:1040-1045

2. Moore SB, Wick MR, Richardson LM: Immune thrombocytopenias: tests for platelet antibodies. Mayo Clin Proc 1984;59:860-863

3. Kiefel V, Santoso S, Weisheit M, Mueller-Eckhardt C: Monoclonal antibody-specific immobilization of platelet antigens (MAIPA): a new tool for the identification of platelet-reactive antibodies. Blood 1987;70:1722-1726

3. Moore SB, DeGoey SR: Serum platelet antibody testing: evaluation of solid-phase enzyme immunoassay and comparison with indirect immunofluorescence. Am J Clin Pathol 1998;109:190-195