High plasma levels of protein C activity and antigen in the nephrotic syndrome

P. M. Mannucci, C. Valsecchi, B. Bottasso, A. D'Angelo, S. Casati, C. Ponticelli

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Low plasma levels of antithrombin III due to excessive urinary loss are thought to be the cause of thrombotic complications in patients with the nephrotic syndrome. To see whether protein C (PC), another antithrombotic protein, is also reduced in plasma by the same mechanism, plasma and urinary protein C were determined in 24 patients with nephrotic syndrome and no thrombotic complications, and compared to plasma and urinary antithrombin III. Twenty patients (83%) had high plasma levels of protein C activity (mean ± SD 157 ± 41 U/dl) and antigen (158 ± 41). Even though measurable amounts of PC antigen were found in the urines of all but two patients the urinary loss of protein C relative to its plasma concentration was about 40 times lower than that of antithrombin III. High protein C might help to counteract hypercoagulability in nephrotic syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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