Immature platelet fraction based diagnostic predictive scoring model for immune thrombocytopenia

Min Ji Jeon, Eun Sang Yu, Ka Won Kang, Byung Hyun Lee, Yong Park, Se Ryeon Lee, Hwa Jung Sung, Soo Yong Yoon, Chul Won Choi, Byung Soo Kim, Dae Sik Kim

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Background/Aims: The diagnosis of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is based on clinical manifestations and there is no gold standard. Thus, even hematologic malignancy is sometimes misdiagnosed as ITP and adequate treatment is delayed. Therefore, novel diagnostic parameters are needed to distinguish ITP from other causes of thrombocytopenia. Immature platelet fraction (IPF) has been proposed as one of new parameters. In this study, we assessed the usefulness of IPF and developed a diagnostic predictive scoring model for ITP. Methods: We retrospectively studied 568 patients with thrombocytopenia. Blood samples were collected and IPF quantified using a fully-automated hematology analyzer. We also estimated other variables that could affect thrombocytopenia by logistic regression analysis. Results: The median IPF was significantly higher in the ITP group than in the non-ITP group (8.7% vs. 5.1%). The optimal cut-off value of IPF for differentiating ITP was 7.0%. We evaluated other laboratory variables via logistic regression analysis. IPF, hemoglobin, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and ferritin were statistically significant and comprised a diagnostic predictive scoring model. Our model gave points to each of variables: 1 to high hemoglobin (> 12 g/dL), low ferritin (≤ 177 ng/mL), normal LDH (≤ upper limit of normal) and IPF ≥ 7 and < 10, 2 to IPF ≥ 10. The final score was obtained by summing the points. We defined that ITP could be predicted in patients with more than 3 points. Conclusions: IPF could be a useful parameter to distinguish ITP from other causes of thrombocytopenia. We developed the predictive scoring model. This model could predict ITP with high probability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)970-978
Number of pages9
JournalKorean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Immature platelet fraction
  • Immune thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombocytopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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