Background and Objectives
HPA-1a antibodies account for 70–80% of cases of fetal–neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) in Caucasians. However, numerous workshops have demonstrated variability in their detection. We recently showed that exposure of αIIbβ3 to ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) affected binding of many anti-αIIbβ3 monoclonal, and HPA-1a allo-, antibodies; this adversely affected sensitivity of the monoclonal antibody-specific immobilization of platelet antigens (MAIPA) assay and indirect platelet immunofluorescence test (PIFT). This study presents results from an international workshop studying the impact of cation chelation on HPA-1a antibody detection in routine diagnostic laboratories.