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01 November 2005

C-reactive protein is an indicator for fatal outcomes in first-time stroke patients.

Abdulkadir Koçer, Abdulkadir Koçer, Cüneyt Canbulat, Eren Gözke, Atilla Ilhan

Med Sci Monit 2005; 11(11): CR540-544 :: ID: 430369


Background: The causal relation of high sensitivity C-reactive protein(hsCRP) to ischemic cerebrovascular disease remains unclear, though an inflammatory effect has been suggestedin many studies. The aim of our study was to evaluate serum hsCRP levels in ischemic stroke patientsand in a control group, and to correlate the values with other generally known risk factors. Material/Methods:A total of 47 patients with ischemic stroke and 26 control subjects were recruited. The cases were well-matchedto controls for age and sex. Peripheral blood samples from stroke patients were obtained between 12-24hours after the stroke. Serum levels of hsCRP were determined by chemoluminescence assay. Results: Themean serum levels of hsCRP were found to be significantly higher in patients (3.12+/-4.4 mg/dL) thancontrols (0.39+/-0.6 mg/dL, p=0.0001). The level of hsCRP was above the risk limit in 39 patients (83.0%)and 7 controls (26.9%). The hsCRP values were not related to the presence of other vascular risk factors,except for cholesterol level. The correlation analysis of hsCRP revealed a linear correlation with deathwithin six months and the presence of hypertension. Conclusions: Our results suggest that elevated serumhsCRP levels may be an indicator of fatal outcome in first-time stroke patients.

Keywords: Brain Ischemia - complications, C-Reactive Protein - analysis, Stroke - mortality

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