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Effect of deep vein thrombosis on ischaemia-modified albumin levels
  1. A Mentese1,
  2. U Mentese2,
  3. S Turedi3,
  4. A Gunduz3,
  5. S C Karahan1,
  6. M Topbas4,
  7. A Turan1,
  8. T Patan3,
  9. S Turkmen3,
  10. G Okur1,
  11. M S Eminagaoglu1
  1. 1
    Department of Biochemistry, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
  2. 2
    Department of Vascular Surgery, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
  3. 3
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
  4. 4
    Department of Public Health, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
  1. Dr S Turedi, Acil Tip AD, Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi Tip Fakultesi Hastanesi, Trabzon, 61080, Turkey; suleymanturedi{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Background: An increasing number of studies have shown that ischaemia-modified albumin (IMA) levels rise in a number of acute ischaemic conditions such as cerebral infarct, myocardial infarct, pulmonary infarct and mesenteric infarct, suggesting that IMA may be useful as a diagnostic marker. A study was undertaken to investigate the effect on IMA levels of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), frequently encountered at the outset or during the course of diseases such as pulmonary embolism and cerebral infarct.

Methods: A case-control study was performed in the emergency department of Karadeniz Technical University Hospital, Turkey. 41 patients presenting to the emergency and vascular surgery departments and definitively diagnosed with DVT using Doppler ultrasonography were enrolled in the study. A control group of 66 age-matched healthy volunteers served as a reference for biochemical parameters.

Results: Mean (SD) plasma IMA levels were 0.259 (0.066) absorbance units (ABSU) in the DVT group and 0.171 (0.045) ABSU in the control group (p<0.005). The area under the curve for IMA was 0.850 (95% CI 0.768 to 0.933). The IMA value with acceptable sensitivity and specificity capable of being raised was 0.195 ABSU (sensitivity 80.5%, specificity 71.2%).

Conclusions: DVT is associated with raised serum IMA levels but IMA levels are not suitable as a diagnostic marker for DVT.

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests: None.

  • Ethics approval: The protocol for the study was approved by the hospital’s local ethical committee.

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