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Effect of Preprocedural Thrombocytopenia on Prognosis After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention



      To assess early and late outcomes, including bleeding, in patients with thrombocytopenia undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

      Patients and Methods

      We performed a retrospective single-center study of patients with preprocedural thrombocytopenia (platelet count ≤100,000/μL; n=204) undergoing PCI between 2003 and 2015. Inhospital and late outcomes were compared with those of a matched control group without thrombocytopenia (n=1281).


      The most common causes of thrombocytopenia were liver disease, immune-mediated disease, and hematologic malignant neoplasms. Inhospital bleeding events after PCI were similar in patients with thrombocytopenia and matched controls (24 of 146 [16.4%] vs 179 of 1281 [14.0%]; P=.40) and were largely classified as minor using the Bleeding Academic Research Consortium (BARC) classification (89% BARC 1 or 2). There was no significant difference in inhospital death (4 of 146 [2.7%] vs 71 of 1281 [2.0%]; P=.56), but patients with thrombocytopenia had higher rates of platelet and red blood cell transfusion (18 of 146 [12.3%] vs 93 of 1281 [7.2%]; P=.05). During long-term follow-up, Kaplan-Meier estimated rates of bleeding events (BARC ≥2) were higher for thrombocytopenia (at 5 years, 7.9% vs 3.6%; P=.03). Patients with thrombocytopenia had a similar risk of long-term cardiac mortality, but significantly higher rates of noncardiac mortality (at 5 years, 28% vs 21%; P=.02).


      This study suggests that short-term outcomes after PCI in patients with thrombocytopenia were favorable. On long-term follow-up, thrombocytopenia was associated with a higher risk of long-term noncardiac mortality and bleeding.

      Abbreviations and Acronyms:

      BARC (Bleeding Academic Research Consortium), CABG (coronary artery bypass graft), DES (drug-eluting stent), Gp (glycoprotein), INR (international normalized ratio), MI (myocardial infarction), PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention)
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