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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with a rheumatic disease and the controls

From: Vascular endothelial growth factor levels and rheumatic diseases of the elderly

  Rheumatic disease (n = 80) Control (n = 37) P value (patients vs controls)
Age, years, mean ± SD 73.05 ± 8.03 73.35 ± 8.55 0.98
Sex, female/male 44/36 24/13 0.31
ESR, mm/h, mean ± SD 65.11 ± 32.01 35.60 ± 25.89 <0.001
CRP, mg/L, mean ± SD 80.79 ± 74.05 12.83 ± 19.92 <0.001
Platelets, Giga/L, mean ± SD 371.89 ± 119.56 262.50 ± 89.59 <0.001
Serum VEGF, pg/ml, median (ITQ) 849 (450.50–1235.50) 484 (308–555) <0.001
Plasma VEGF, pg/ml, median (ITQ) 86 (50.50–148.50) 67 (43–105) 0.16
  1. SD standard deviation, ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate, CRP C-reactive protein, VEGF vascular endothelial growth factor, ITQ interquartile
  2. Bold is significant value