Elevated levels of fecal calprotectin in cirrhotic patients and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis Sirotik hastalarda ve spontan bakteriyel peritonitte fekal calprotectin düzeylerinde artış

Tokmak S., Harmanci Özakyol A.

Duzce Medical Journal, vol.21, no.3, pp.214-217, 2019 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.18678/dtfd.653549
  • Journal Name: Duzce Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.214-217
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


© 2019, Duzce University Medical School. All rights reserved.Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between fecal calprotectin (FC) which is a marker for intestinal inflammation and complications of cirrhosis which are due to increased bacterial translocation and intestinal inflammation. Material and Methods: Out of 156 cirrhotic patients aged between 18-80 years who are admitted to our hospital, 64 were excluded according to exclusion criteria and a total of 92 patients, and 20 volunteers with similar age and sex as a control group were included in this study. Serum samples were taken at admission to measure erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), c-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell count (WBC). All patients and the control group provided a single stool sample within 24 hours after admission. The study group divided into five subgroups (Child-Pugh Grade A, Grade-B, Grade-C, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and hepatic encephalopathy) to investigate whether FC levels change as the disease progress or complications occur. Results: Median FC levels were 168.8 mg/kg for cirrhotic patients and 9.8 mg/kg for control group, and the difference between the groups was statistically significant (p=0.039). In the subgroup analysis, the differences between spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and all other subgroups were statistically significant (p=0.002). In cirrhotic patients, FC levels were not correlated either with ESR (r=0.439, p=0.545) or CRP (r=0.403, p=0.321) or WBC count (r=0.061, p=0.645). Conclusion: FC levels are increased in cirrhotic patients and early increase in FC levels before the rise of systemic inflammation markers can be used as a diagnostic marker for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.