Acute-phase proteins as indicators of bacterial infection in patients with cirrhosis.

@article{Tsiakalos2009AcutephasePA,
  title={Acute-phase proteins as indicators of bacterial infection in patients with cirrhosis.},
  author={Aristotelis P Tsiakalos and Aggelos Karatzaferis and Panayiotis D. Ziakas and Gregorios S Hatzis},
  journal={Liver international : official journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 10},
  pages={1538-42}
}
BACKGROUND Cirrhosis is associated with elevated levels of acute-phase proteins (APP), irrespective of the presence of infection. This condition limits the clinical application of APP determination in cirrhotic patients with bacterial infections. AIMS To weigh the diagnostic value of several APP in cirrhotics with or without bacterial infection, and to correlate them with the clinical outcome. METHODS We investigated 88 consecutive cirrhotic patients (67 males, 21 females; range 28-85 years… CONTINUE READING

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