Objective: It has been suggested that a preoperative level of C-reactive protein (CRP)>5mg/l is predictive of postoperative complications in cardiac surgery patients. Material and methods: Among 113 primary isolated coronary artery bypass patients, CRP was determined preoperatively and fibrinogen, interleukine 6, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, platelets and white blood cells count measured before surgery, 24, 48 and 72h thereafter and at hospital discharge. The clinical course of all cases was prospectively recorded. Data were then analysed according to the preoperative CRP level by dividing the patients into two groups (CRP>5mg/l or CRP5mg/l did not predict in-hospital postoperative complications nor influence the extent of the inflammatory activation in primary isolated coronary bypass patients.
- C-reactive protein
- Coronary artery bypass
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine