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A comparison of the acute-phase response in middle aged and elderly patients.
  1. J. Woo,
  2. M. Arumanayagam,
  3. D. MacDonald,
  4. K. S. Woo
  1. Department of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT.


    The acute phase response in middle aged and elderly patients was compared by measuring the ratio of the peak C-reactive protein to peak creatine kinase level during the three day period after acute myocardial infarction. No difference in ratio was observed between a middle aged group of 14 patients (10.2 +/- 4.0 mean +/- s.e.), and an elderly group of 13 patients (9.1 +/- 1.5). C-reactive protein levels in two groups of middle aged and elderly control patients were similar (10.1 +/- 0.04 mg/l and 11.8 +/- 0.10 mg/l respectively). Production of C-reactive protein does not appear to be impaired in the elderly.

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