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Disease Markers
Volume 29 (2010), Issue 1, Pages 55-61

Platelet Markers Correlate with Glycemic Indices in Diabetic, but Not Diabetic-Myelodysplastic Patients with Normal Platelet Count

Maria Dalamaga,1 Konstantinos Karmaniolas,2 Antigoni Lekka,2 George Antonakos,1 Apollon Thrasyvoulides,1 Evangelia Papadavid,3 Nikolaos Spanos,1 and Amalia Dionyssiou-Asteriou1

1Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Medical School, University of Athens, "Attikon" General University Hospital, Athens, Greece
2Department of Hematology Laboratory, NIMTS General Hospital, Athens, Greece
3Department of Internal Medicine-Dermatology Section, Medical School, University of Athens, "Attikon" General University Hospital, Athens, Greece

Received 2 September 2010; Accepted 2 September 2010

Copyright © 2010 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background: Altered thrombocyte morphology and function have been reported in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) type 2. The aim of the present study was to determine the associations between platelet morphology markers and hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c), fasting glucose (FG), hypertension and coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and DM, in patients with DM and in controls.

Methods: This cross-sectional study included 30 cases with primary MDS with normal platelet count and non-insulin dependent diabetes, 30 non-insulin dependent diabetic patients and 30 non-diabetic, non-MDS controls matched on age and gender. Results: After adjusting for body mass index, platelet number, CHD and hypertension, HbA1c and FG were significant predictors of mean platelet volume (MPV) and platelet distribution width (PDW) in diabetic patients. There was no correlation between platelet parameters and HbA1c or FG in diabetic MDS patients. In controls, FG and hypertension predicted significant differences in platelet morphology. Platelet count correlated with platelet morphology in diabetic MDS and control groups, but not in diabetics.

Conclusions: MPV and PDW are associated with glycemic indices in diabetic patients but not in diabetic MDS patients with normal platelet counts. Non-diabetic controls also exhibit FG related changes in platelet morphology. This suggests other factors inherent to bone marrow dysplasia, platelet turnover and biochemistry, or vascular environment affect platelet morphology in diabetic MDS patients even with normal platelet count. Platelet morphology in this population may be an early marker for myelodysplasia. These findings also support platelet morphology change as a marker for elevated macrovascular disease risk.