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elevated erithrocyte sedimentation rate

Juan Manuel Pantoja-Alcantar, Nora Hilda Segura-Méndez, Guadalupe Vargas-Ortega, Baldomero G González-Virla
BACKGROUND: The association between obesity and asthma is well known but there is few information that relates metabolic syndrome with asthma. Both diseases share pathophysiologic bases, including inflammation, which suggests that they could present associated events. OBJETIVE: To determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in asthmatic adult individuals and its association with the severity of asthma. METHODS: In this cross-sectional and comparative study we included thirty-nine asthmatic allergic patients from an outpatient clinic of Allergy and Clinical Immunology...
January 2012: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
Bruno Ramalho de Carvalho, Augusto Diogo-Filho, Cleiton Fernandes, Cristiane Borges Barra
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of acute appendicitis is clinic, but in some cases, it can present unusual symptoms. The diagnostic difficulties still lead surgeons to unnecessary laparotomies, which reach rates from 15% to 40%. Laboratory exams, then, may become important to complement appendicitis diagnosis. The leucocyte count seems to be the most important value, but measurement of acute phase proteins, specially, the C-reactive protein, is object of several studies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study, involving 63 patients submitted to appendecectomies for acute appendicitis suspicion, in "Hospital das Clínicas", Federal University of Uberlândia, MG, Brazil, in whose blood were made dosages of acute phase proteins and the leucocyte count...
January 2003: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
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