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Physicians’ Lab Update

Our Hematology Department is pleased to announce the availability of two new Complete Blood Count indices:

1)Immature Platelet Fraction (IPF)  

  • IPF may also be referred to in the literature as reticulated platelets.
  • This population of platelets represents the youngest circulating platelets.
  • IPF provides an estimate of thrombopoiesis in the same way as reticulocyte count is a measure of erythropoiesis.
  • It is part of accepted hematological practice and provides useful clinical information for the investigation and monitoring of platelet production in various thrombocytopenic conditions.
  • The clinical utility of this parameter was established in the laboratory diagnosis of thrombocytopenia due to increased peripheral platelet destruction, particularly autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura.
  • It is also used for monitoring platelet recovery after chemotherapy and stem cell transplants, and timing for prophylactic platelet transfusion.

Dr. Ekram Zayed, Head: Hematopathology

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