Serum C-reactive protein and S100A12 concentrations in dogs with hepatic disease.
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OBJECTIVES: To describe serum C-reactive protein and S100A12 concentrations in dogs with hepatic disease and to determine whether there is a relationship between the concentration of either and the severity of hepatic necroinflammation. METHODS: Serum C-reactive protein and S100A12 concentrations were measured in 46 dogs undergoing hepatic biopsy. Dogs were divided into three groups: congenital portosystemic shunts, chronic hepatitis and hepatic neoplasia. The histological severity of hepatic necroinflammation was scored. RESULTS: C-reactive protein and S100A12 concentrations were greater than the upper limit of the reference intervals in 39 and 26% of dogs, respectively. There was no association of disease group with C-reactive protein (P=0·1733) or S100A12 (P=0·1513) concentrations. There was a positive correlation between serum C-reactive protein concentration and hepatic necroinflammatory activity (rs =0·428, P=0·006). CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Increased serum C-reactive protein and S100A12 concentrations were observed in a subpopulation of dogs with various types of hepatic diseases, suggesting acute-phase inflammation and activation of phagocytic cells, respectively. Dogs with higher hepatic necroinflammatory activity scores tended to have higher serum C-reactive protein concentrations. Further studies are needed to confirm this finding in a larger group of dogs.
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Craig, S. M., Fry, J. K., Rodrigues Hoffmann, A., Manino, P., Heilmann, R. M., Suchodolski, J. S., ... Lidbury, J. A.
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Craig, SM||Fry, JK||Rodrigues Hoffmann, A||Manino, P||Heilmann, RM||Suchodolski, JS||Steiner, JM||Hottinger, HA||Hunter, SL||Lidbury, JA