Relation between mean platelet volume and C-reactive protein

Somedeb Ball, Jeff A. Dennis, Genanew Bedanie, Kenneth Nugent

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Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a measure of platelet activation, and C-reactive protein (CRP) is an established marker of inflammation. Studies on the correlation between MPV and CRP have produced ambiguous results. We undertook a population study with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data (2005-2010) to investigate the relationship between CRP and MPV. CRP was analyzed both as a continuous variable and as a categorical variable (low, intermediate, or high). Multivariate ordinary least squares regression analysis was used to predict the association. Statistical analyses were performed with Stata MP 15.1. In 16,329 participants, mean MPV was 7.9 fL (standard deviation 0.87). Overall mean CRP in the population was 0.4 mg/dL (standard deviation 0.78). In adjusted regression models with CRP as a continuous measure, individuals with high CRP had significantly lower MPV (b = −0.04; standard error 0.01; 95% confidence interval −0.06 to −0.01; P = 0.002). In adjusted regression models using CRP categories, participants with high CRP (>3 mg/dL) had significantly lower MPV compared with the low CRP group (b = −0.20; standard error 0.09; 95% confidence interval −0.38 to −0.01; P = 0.035). Our study revealed a significant inverse correlation between MPV and CRP in NHANES participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalBaylor University Medical Center Proceedings
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020


  • C-reactive protein
  • inflammation
  • mean platelet volume
  • platelet activation


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