Original Investigation

Platelet profile in patients with gestational diabetes: a retrospective study


  • Muhammet Erdal Sak
  • Hatice Ender Soydinç
  • Ali Özler
  • Mehmet Sıddık Evsen
  • Abdulkadir Turgut
  • Sibel Sak
  • Talip Gül

Received Date: 26.07.2012 Accepted Date: 04.10.2012 J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc 2012;13(4):223-226 PMID: 24592046


To assess and compare alterations in the morphology and function of platelets occurring in gestational diabetes and healthy pregnancies.

Material and Methods:

A retrospective study was performed of 77 pregnant women: 42 cases with gestational diabetes and 35 healthy controls. The two groups were compared in terms of demographics and platelet parameters derived from complete blood counts.


The mean platelet volume (p=0.001) and HbA1c (p<0.001) were significantly increased in the patients with gestational diabetes. The mean platelet volume was well correlated with the platelet distribution width (rs=0.404, p<0.001) and the platelet count (rs=0.355, p=0.002)


The mean platelet volume and other platelet parameters may significantly aid the identification of diabetic pregnants at risk for vascular complications. The role and possible clinical relevance of these changes during diabetic pregnancy need to be investigated in further studies.

Keywords: Pregnancy, diabetes, gestational diabetes, platelet, mean platelet volume