C-reactive protein and serum amyloid A protein in neonatal infections

C. Pizzini, M. Mussap, M. Plebani, V. Fanos

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In this study, we examine C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum amyloid protein A (SAA). Although the former is the best known and most commonly used indicator of inflammation, certain considerations underline the inadequacy of CRP determination alone for the early diagnosis of infection. In fact symptoms often precede the CRP elevation. SAA protein comprises a family of polymorphic apolipoproteins produced mainly by the liver. and several studies have stressed its importance in the diagnosis and monitoring of various diseases. Pathological SAA values are often detected in association with normal CRP concentrations. SAA rises earlier and more sharply than CRP. Finally, contrary to CRP, SAA presents the same trend in viral as well as bacterial infections. Although the data available on SAA in neonates are currently very limited, it is possible to postulate a role of primary importance for SAA in the management of neonatal infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalScandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology


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