Objective of this study was to detect the level of tissue factor-positive microparticles (TF(+)MP) by flow cytometry (FCM) and to analyze its clinical significance in the haemostatic disorder. TF(+) MP was detected by FCM using antibody CD142-PE in 25 cases of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), 20 cases of hemostatic diseases and 20 healthy adults as controls. The differences of TF(+) MP between various groups were determined. The results showed that the level of TF(+) MP in the patients with thrombotic complications was significantly higher than that in the healthy adults (P < 0.05). The TF(+) MP level was higher in the patient with APL than that in the healthy adults, especially in course before therapy (P < 0.01), but the difference was not statistically significant in the patient with APL after therapy and the healthy adults. Among these patient with APL, the level of TF(+) MP in the 18 patients who complicated with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) was also higher than that in the healthy adults (P < 0.05), but the level of TF(+) MP in the other 7 patients who did not complicate with DIC was similar before and after treatment. It is concluded that the method of TF(+) MP detection by FCM is feasible and simple, it is useful for the diagnosis of thrombotic disorder, and helps evaluation for the prognosis of APL patient.