Platelet and Other Hemostatic Characteristics in Patients With Chronic Urticaria

ISIKSACAN N., KOSER M., CEMSITOGLU F., Kucuksezer U. C., Gurdol F. M.

ANGIOLOGY, vol.66, no.4, pp.387-391, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0003319714552693
  • Journal Name: ANGIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.387-391
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Several publications have pointed out the importance of coagulation and fibrinolysis in the occurrence of chronic urticaria (CU), but only a few indicated the direct role of platelets. We assessed platelet aggregation and evaluated parameters of coagulation and fibrinolysis in patients with CU. Patients (n = 34) diagnosed as having CU and 36 healthy controls were enrolled. Platelet aggregation was assayed using an impedance aggregometer and adenosine diphosphate, arachidonic acid, thrombin receptor-activating peptide (TRAP), and ristocetin as agonists. In patients with CU, significantly decreased platelet aggregation to some agonists (ristocetin and TRAP) was observed. The D-dimer levels were elevated, mean platelet volume was decreased, but no alteration was observed in other coagulation assays. Elevated D-dimer levels indicated that coagulation and fibrinolysis are activated in the patients with CU. Evaluation of platelet function may contribute to identify the role of these cells in the pathogenesis of CU.