Eosinophil cationic protein in patients with fascioliasis: Its probable effects on symptoms and signs


DEMIRCI M., KAYA S., CETIN E. , Aridogan B. , KORKMAZ M.

SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.38, no.5, pp.346-349, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00365540500444678
  • Title of Journal : SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • Page Numbers: pp.346-349

Abstract

Eosinophilia is 1 of the most common signs of fascioliasis especially during acute stage. In this study, our aim was to determine eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in the sera of patients with fascioliasis and to investigate the likely relation between ECP and symptoms and signs of fascioliasis. Presence of high liver enzyme levels, eosinophilia, abdominal pain or urticaria was not found to be significantly associated with ECP positivity (p > 0.05), but statistical analyses revealed that ECP positivity was significantly related to weight loss status of patients (p < 0.005). In conclusion, ECP may be 1 of the likely causes of the symptoms and signs of fascioliasis.