3660 : THE USEFULNESS OF HAEMATOCRIT IN THE EARLY DETECTION OF SEVERITY OF ACUTE PANCREATITIS

Author(s): 
Merkouris, Panagiotis, Sotiropoulos, Alexios, Skourtis, Sotirios, Po/itakis, Petros; Kade/a, Eythimia, Aposto!ou, Oyrania; Niko/aou, Theodora; Pappas, Stavros
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Poster
Research Based
The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of Haematocrit (Ht) for the early prediction of severity in patients presenting acute pancreatitis (AP).
MATERIAL-METHOD: Between January 2001 and June 2003, 33 consecutive patients with AP admitted to our hospital, were enrolled in this study. All patients were admitted in hospital within the first 24 hours of onset of symptoms. The severity of AP was based on the Atlanta criteria. Ht. was measured within the first 24 and 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Statistical analysis was performed using the SPSS (11.5 -x2 test-T test)
RESULTS: 18 women and 15 men with a mean age of 65, 7 years, were studied. Nine patients presented severe AP and 24 patients mild AP. HI levels in patients with mild AP,24 hours after symptoms onset, where 45,96% whereas in patients presenting severe AP Ht levels where 46,81%. No statistically significant difference of Ht levels where found between the 2 groups. Within 48 hours of onset of symptoms HI in patients with severe AP did not present statistically significant difference in correlation with patients presenting mild AP (HI in severe AP: 44, 28%, Ht in mild AP: 43,69,p>0.084).
CONCLUSION: From this study it appears that HI levels do not present statistically significant difference between patients with severe and mild AP. Thus Ht alone appears not to be a useful marker for the detection of high risk patients with AP.
Topic: Clinical Practice