Ordering Recommendation

Assess risk for fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. May be ordered for parental, fetal, or neonatal genotyping.




Polymerase Chain Reaction/Fluorescence Monitoring


Mon, Thu


7-14 days

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Fetal specimen: Cultured amniocytes: Two T-25 flasks at 80 percent confluency.
If the client is unable to culture amniocytes, this can be arranged by contacting ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
WITH maternal cell contamination specimen
(see Note): Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Yellow (ACD Solution A or B).
Parental specimen:
Lavender (EDTA).

Specimen Preparation

Cultured amniocytes: Transport two T-25 flasks at 80 percent confluency filled with culture media. Backup cultures must be retained at the client's institution until testing is complete.
Maternal cell contamination specimen: Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)
Whole blood (parental genotyping):
Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Cultured amniocytes: CRITICAL ROOM TEMPERATURE. Must be received within 48 hours of shipment due to lability of cells.
Whole blood or maternal cell contamination specimen:

Unacceptable Conditions

Frozen specimens in glass collection tubes.


Fetal specimen: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable
Whole blood or maternal cell contamination specimen: Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 month

Reference Interval

By report

Interpretive Data

Background Information for Platelet Antigen 1 Genotyping (HPA-1):
Spontaneous fetal intracranial bleeding may occur in 20 percent of pregnancies affected with severe perinatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (PAT); there is a risk of fetal death. Post-transfusion purpura may occur in transfusion recipients with antibodies to a specific platelet antigen.
PAT occurs in 1 in 5000 births.
For women homozygous for a rare "b" HPA allele with antibodies to the common "a" allele, there is a 50 percent risk a pregnancy will be affected if her partner is heterozygous for the "a" allele and 100 percent risk if her partner is homozygous for the "a" allele.
Maternal-fetal HPA incompatibility.
Polymorphism Tested:
HPA-1 (ITGB3, GPIIIa) c.176T>C, p.L59P
Clinical Sensitivity:
80 percent in Caucasians, unknown in other ethnicities.
PCR followed by fluorescent monitoring.
Analytic Sensitivity and Specificity:
99 percent.
Bloody amniotic fluid specimens may give false-negative results because of maternal cell contamination. Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variations.
Informed consent:
Recommended; forms are available at https://www.aruplab.com.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Maternal specimen is recommended for proper test interpretation if contamination of the fetal specimen from the mother is suspected. Order Maternal Cell Contamination.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3001173 Platelet Antigen 1 Genotyping
3001182 Platelet Antigen 1 Interpretation
3001183 Platelet Antigen 1 Specimen
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