Title: Thrombopoietin serum levels are elevated in patients with hepatitis B/C infection compared to other causes of chronic liver disease
Authors: Sch√∂ffski, Patrick ×
Tacke, F
Trautwein, C
Martin, MU
Caselitz, M
Hecker, H
Manns, MP
Ganser, A #
Issue Date: Apr-2002
Publisher: Munksgaard
Series Title: Liver vol:22 issue:2 pages:114-120
Abstract: Background/aims: Thrombocytopenia in patients with advanced liver disease may stem from a deficient hepatic thrombopoietin production. Methods: We determined the relationship between thrombopoietin.. thrombocytopenia. aetiology and extent of liver damage by incorporating serum thrombopoietin measurements in the pretransplant evaluation of 111 patients with liver disease. Results: The extent of thrombocytopenia was related to the underlying cause of disease. The platelet count directly correlated with factor V, II, fibrinogen, and PTT, and a negative correlation was found for splenic size and Child's stage. The thrombopoietin concentrations were age-dependent, and no significant difference resulted between the median thrombopoietin level of liver disease patients with age-matched healthy controls. Thrombopoietin concentrations and platelet counts were not correlated. Although noncirrhotic patients had higher platelet counts than those with Child's A-C cirrhosis (p < 0.001, U-test), no such difference was found in thrombopoietin levels. Patients with hepatitis B and/or C had lower platelet counts compared to patients with nonviral diseases (p < 0.001), and their median thrombopoietin concentrations were significantly higher (p < 0.001). Conclusion: We conclude that thrombocytopenia in patients with liver disease is unlikely to be explained only based on a deficient hepatic production of thrombopoietin. Patients with chronic viral hepatitis have significantly elevated thrombopoietin levels; the involved pathomechanisms require further study.
ISSN: 0106-9543
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Experimental Oncology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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