Autologous 111In-labelled platelet sequestration studies in patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) prior to splenectomy: a report from the United Kingdom ITP Registry


Ameet Sarpatwari, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 0SR, UK. E-mail:


While splenectomy is an effective therapy for primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), possible complications and observed non-complete response (CR) in one-third of patients demonstrate the need for further research into potential pre-surgical predictors of outcomes. Past investigations into platelet sequestration studies, a hypothesized predictive test, have adopted heterogeneous methods and varied widely with regard to power. By studying patients with primary ITP who underwent autologous 111In-labelled platelet sequestration studies at Barts and The London NHS Trust between 1994 and 2008, we evaluated the effectiveness of sequestration site in predicting short, medium, and long-term CR (platelet count >100 × 109/l) to splenectomy through multivariate (gender, age at splenectomy, and mean platelet lifespan) logistic regression modelling. In total, 256 patients with primary ITP underwent scans; 91 (35·5%) proceeded to splenectomy. Logistic regression revealed significant adjusted odds ratios for CR of 7·47 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1·89–29·43) at 1–3 months post-splenectomy, 4·85 (95% CI, 1·04–22·54) at 6–12 months post-splenectomy, and 5·39 (95% CI, 1·34–21·65) at last follow-up (median: 3·8 years [range: 0·5–13·1 years]) in patients with purely or predominantly splenic versus mixed or hepatic sequestration. These findings demonstrate the utility of autologous 111In-labelled platelet sequestration studies as an adjunct predictive instrument prior to splenectomy.