Platelet cytosolic calcium concentration in patients with fiver cirrhosis. Relationship with hepatic and systemic hemodynamics

Juan Carlos Bandi, Esteban Poch, Juan Carlos García-Pagán, Angelo Luca, Wladimiro Jiménez, Angels Escorsell, Juan Rodés

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Background/Aims: Due to structural and functional similarities between platelets and vascular smooth muscle cells, platelet cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca 2+](i)) has been suggested to be a useful tool to study regulatory mechanisms of peripheral vascular tone. The aim of the present study was to investigate platelet [Ca 2+](i) in patients with cirrhosis and whether this parameter is related with the systemic and splanchnic vasodilatation found in these patients. Methods: Seventeen patients with cirrhosis and eight age- and sex-matched controls were studied. Mean arterial pressure, cardiac output, femoral blood flow and basal and thrombin- stimulated platelet [Ca 2+](i) were measured. Cardiac output (thermal dilution), azygos blood flow, hepatic venous pressure gradient and hepatic blood flow were also measured in patients with cirrhosis. Results: Patients with cirrhosis had severe portal hypertension and a significantly higher cardiac output and femoral blood flow and a significantly lower systemic and femoral vascular resistance than controls. Patients with cirrhosis had a lower basal platelet [Ca 2+](i) than normal subjects. However, there was no relationship between platelet [Ca 2+](i) and any of the hemodynamic parameters that evaluate systemic or splanchnic vasodilatation. Conclusions: This study shows that cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension have a significant reduction in platelet basal [Ca 2+](i). The lack of correlation between platelet [Ca 2+](i) and hepatic and systemic hemodynamics does not support the use of platelet [Ca 2+](i) as a model to study mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of the hyperdynamic circulation associated to portal hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-829
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hepatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997


  • Calcium
  • Hyperdynamic circulation
  • Platelets
  • Portal hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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