DOI: 10.1097/mbc.0000000000001289 ISSN: 0957-5235

Frequency, clinical, and laboratory findings of platelet secretion disorders in patients referred to the specialized coagulation laboratory of the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization

Massoumeh Shahbazi, Minoo Ahmadinejad, Vahid Pirhajati Mahabadi, Amir Teimourpour, Khadijeh Golzadeh
  • Hematology
  • General Medicine


Platelet secretion disorders (PSDs) are a subgroup of platelet function disorders (PFDs) caused by defects in the content or release of platelet granules. These patients have a variable degree of mucocutaneous bleeding tendency. The diagnostic facilities of PSDs are imitated in Iran, even in specialized coagulation laboratories. The present study aims to estimate the frequency of PSDs among patients referred to the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO).


The research population includes all patients referred to the specialized coagulation laboratory of IBTO and requested platelet function and von Willebrand testing by their physicians. They were recruited between May 2022 and October 2022 if they were not diagnosed as having procoagulant defects, von Willebrand disease (VWD), Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT), Bernard-Soulier syndrome (BSS), and platelet count <100 × 109 (except in the syndromic forms). Patients with a defect in response to at least two agonists in Light transmission aggregometry (LTA), one agonist in the ATP-secretion study, and/or impairment in the expression of CD62P are considered PSDs.


Among 121 cases referred to our center over 6 months, 40 patients fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Ten patients were diagnosed with PSDs. Six were classified as δ-platelet secretion disorders (δ-PSD), two α-platelet secretion disorders (α-PSD), and two αδ-platelet secretion disorders (αδ-PSD).


The prevalence of PSDs in our population study was 25% (10/40), which seems highly prevalent. Therefore, expanding laboratory approaches to platelet function defects is necessary as a routine in our country.

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