Research Article

Clinical significance of combined liver function and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein measurement in children with hand-foot-mouth disease

Published: September 23, 2016
Genet. Mol. Res. 15(3): gmr8744 DOI: 10.4238/gmr.15038744

Abstract

Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) is a common pediatric disease responsible for the development of rashes or herpes on the hand, foot, and mouth. Severe complications of HFMD include myocarditis, pulmonary edema, aseptic meningoencephalitis, and even death. Therefore, early diagnosis of HFMD is of particular importance. In this study, we determined the clinical value of the combined detection of liver function and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) expression in children with HFMD. Three hundred children with HFMD were recruited to this study between July 2013 and July 2015 and divided into the mild and severe HFMD groups (N = 150 per group). The liver function [aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels] and hs-CRP expression were evaluated using standardized tests, and the clinical value of combined detection of these indices (in parallel and serially) was determined. Patients in the severe HFMD group showed significantly higher levels of ALT, AST, ALP, and hs-CRP compared to those in the mild HFMD group (P

Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) is a common pediatric disease responsible for the development of rashes or herpes on the hand, foot, and mouth. Severe complications of HFMD include myocarditis, pulmonary edema, aseptic meningoencephalitis, and even death. Therefore, early diagnosis of HFMD is of particular importance. In this study, we determined the clinical value of the combined detection of liver function and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) expression in children with HFMD. Three hundred children with HFMD were recruited to this study between July 2013 and July 2015 and divided into the mild and severe HFMD groups (N = 150 per group). The liver function [aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels] and hs-CRP expression were evaluated using standardized tests, and the clinical value of combined detection of these indices (in parallel and serially) was determined. Patients in the severe HFMD group showed significantly higher levels of ALT, AST, ALP, and hs-CRP compared to those in the mild HFMD group (P

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