Volume 3, Issue 4


CRP levels in bronchoalveolar lavage as markers of inflammatory process intensity in patients with infiltrative tuberculosis combined with chronic bronchitis


Author: Olha Melnyk, Mykola Ostrovskyi

Abstract: Despite the tendency to certain stabilization of TB morbidity and mortality rates, the epidemical situation in Ukraine is still complex. Annually the disease affects approximately 32 thousand people and over 6 thousand Ukrainians die. In 2012 some positive dynamics on the decrease in TB morbidity rate to 0.5% was observed among the urban population of Ukraine as compared to 2011, though the incidence increased among the rural population to 4.8% in 2012.

The clinical-and-laboratory examination involved 120 patients, and the CRP level in bronchoalveolar lavage was determined in 59 patients. Development of infiltrative tuberculosis in patients with chronic bronchitis is accompanied by the 5.15 times (р1<0.05) increase of CRP levels in bronchoalveolar lavage as compared to patients with exclusively infiltrative tuberculosis.

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