lock Open Access lock Peer-Reviewed




Mean Platelet Volume: is it an Emerging Marker or an Exaggeration?

Ugur KayaI; Yavuzer KozaII; Abdurrahim ÇolakIII

DOI: 10.21470/1678-9741-2018-0425

Dear Editor,

We thank Dr. Coban[1] for his extremely valuable comments and criticisms on our recently published article[2] in Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery. Firstly, our study had a retrospective nature, and, therefore, we think that seasonal changes in mean platelet volume (MPV) levels may be considered in prospectively designed studies. In our study, the MPV values were analyzed with aperture-impedance technology using the Beckman Coulter Gen-S (Beckman Coulter Corporation, Miami, USA; GEN-S) device and the blood samples were obtained by ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). We agree with the various techniques of different instruments for measuring the complete blood count can lead to variable MPV results. In a study[3], the MPV measurements varied up to 17.8% by the instruments. The results of another study revealed that MPV can be measured accurately by both methods of anticoagulation; EDTA and citrate if analysis were performed within 1h of sampling[4]. In our study, the same standardized blood tubes were used for sampling and all blood samples were analyzed within 1h after venipuncture.

Secondly, there are conflicting results about the effect of the anticoagulant used and the time between blood collection and measurement on MPV[5]. Therefore, these concerns still need a standardization. Studies which are planning prospectively about MPV will provide the standardization of anticoagulant used and the time between blood collection, and measurement because of data accuracy and reliability.

Lastly, we could not understand an experimental study[6] example which criticizes a retrospectively designed human study. Furthermore, in that study Histidine-Tryptophan-Ketoglutarate (HTK) cardioplegia was compared to DelNido cardioplegia and those authors investigated the cardioprotective effects of the newly developed HTK cardioplegia, not MPV. Although no one can avoid criticism, it is important to emphasize that the animal models may not accurately mimic human disease.


1. Coban E. Comment on "Predictive Value of Mean Platelet Volume inSaphenous Vein Graft Disease". Braz J Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Nov-Dec;33(6):640.doi:10.21470/1678-9741-2018-0283.

2. Kaya U, Koza Y. Predictive Value of Mean Platelet Volume inSaphenous Vein Graft Disease. Braz J Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Jul-Aug;33(4):317-22.doi:10.21470/1678-9741-2017-0247. [MedLine]

3. Beyan C, Beyan E. Were the measurements standardized sufficiently inpublished studies about mean platelet volume? Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2017Apr;28(3):234-6. doi:10.1097/MBC.0000000000000586. [MedLine]

4. Dastjerdi MS, Emami T, Najafian A, Amini M. Mean platelet volumemeasurement, EDTA or citrate? Hematology. 2006 Oct;11(5):317-9.

5. Koza Y, Simsek Z, Tas MH. Mean platelet volume and acute coronarysyndrome. Angiology. 2014 Feb;65(2):170.doi:10.1177/0003319713498813.

6. Kong Jh, Kim DH, Chang BH. Comparison of cardioprotection betweenhistidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate cardioplegia and DelNido cardioplegia inisolated rat hearts. Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg . 2003 ;36(11):799-81. Available from:

CCBY All scientific articles published at are licensed under a Creative Commons license


All rights reserved 2017 / © 2023 Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery DEVELOPMENT BY