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Table 2 Pre-operative erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein in cases with idiopathic aortitis compared with control patients with non-inflammatory aortic aneurysms

From: Cardiovascular risk factors and acute-phase response in idiopathic ascending aortitis: a case control study

  Cases Controls P value
Pre-operative ESR    
   Number tested 13 22  
Pre-operative ESR, mm/hour    
   Mean ± SD 20.5 ± 11.6 11.3 ± 11.1 0.024
   Median (range) 20 (2–40) 9 (0–40)  
Subjects with elevated ESR 38% 9% 0.075
Pre-operative CRP    
   Number tested 5 6  
Pre-operative CRP, mg/L    
   Mean ± SD 35 ± 50 3 ± 0.7 0.010
   Median (range) 12 (2.5–119) 3 (1.2–3.2)  
Subjects with elevated CRP, percentage 60% 0% 0.031
  1. CRP, C-reactive protein; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate; SD, standard deviation.