High-sensitivity C-reactive protein: a predicative marker in severe asthma.Respirology. 2008 Sep; 13(5):664-9.R
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE
Serum levels of high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) are associated with asthma but the relationship between higher levels of hs-CRP and the degree of asthma severity remains unclear. This study investigated whether hs-CRP is associated with asthma severity as well as with other clinical indices of asthma activity (pulmonary function, total serum IgE, and peripheral blood eosinophil counts).
Levels of hs-CRP and clinical indices of asthma were determined among 177 control subjects and 281 asthmatic patients (84 intermittent, 30 mild, 63 moderate and 104 severe).
The level of hs-CRP was examined as both a continuous variable and by quartiles (<0.23, 0.23-0.51, 0.51-1.42 and >or=1.42 mg/L) in the five groups. Compared with the first quartile of hs-CRP, patients with higher levels were at increased risk of severe asthma independently of other clinical indices (adjusted OR 3.49, 95% CI: 1.51-8.12 for the third quartile; adjusted OR 6.46, 95% CI: 2.85-16.62 for fourth quartile, respectively).
These findings suggest that hs-CRP might be a sensitive marker for severe asthma.