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Serum interleukin-6 level is reflected in elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein level in patients with systemic sclerosis.
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PMID:  20883364     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic connective tissue disease of unknown etiology which presents immunological, vascular and connective tissue abnormalities. Serum interleukin (IL)-6 has been reported to be elevated in patients with SSc. Clinical and laboratory findings affecting the elevated level of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were studied in patients with SSc. Clinical and laboratory findings also included serum IL-6 level. Thirty-nine SSc patients (male : female = 7:32, age 19-84 years, mean 62.6 years) were studied. hs-CRP was measured with a nephelometric assay. Serum IL-6 level was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The distributions of hs-CRP showed that 18 cases (46.2%) were not elevated (<0.07 mg/dL), but 21 cases (53.8%) were (≥0.07 mg/dL). Alkaline phosphatase and IL-6 in SSc patients with elevated hs-CRP (291 ± 95 U/L, 3.23 ± 2.74 pg/mL) were significantly more elevated than those in not elevated patients (221 ± 75 U/L, 1.53 ± 1.12 pg/mL) (P < 0.02, P < 0.01). The correlation between hs-CRP level and IL-6 level in SSc patients was 0.687 (P < 0.001). In conclusion, elevated serum IL-6 levels are reflected in elevated hs-CRP levels in SSc patients.
Tsutomu Ohtsuka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of dermatology     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1346-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600545     Medline TA:  J Dermatol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  801-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Japanese Dermatological Association.
Department of Dermatology, Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital, Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan.
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