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2022 Mar 06


Medicina (Kaunas)


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A Pilot Study to Explore a Correlation between Inflammatory Markers and the Wound Healing Rate in Diabetic Patients.

Abstract

: We examined whether there is a significant correlation between inflammatory markers and the wound healing rate (WHR) in diabetic patients. : A total of 60 patients were divided into two groups depending on the completion of wound healing (WH) at 5 weeks: the early WH group (period of WH < 5 weeks; = 27) and the late WH group (period of WH > 5 weeks; = 33). The baseline characteristics and wound measurements were compared between the two groups. To identify the correlation between inflammatory markers (e.g., white blood cell counts (WBCs), serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)) and WHR, we performed a Pearson correlation analysis. : The WHR was 8.06 ± 4.02 mm/day in the early WH group and 2.71 ± 0.88 mm/day in the late group. This difference reached statistical significance ( < 0.001). Moreover, WBC counts were significantly higher and serum levels of CRP and ESR were significantly lower in the early WH group than in the late group ( = 0.027, 0.036 and 0.043, respectively). : Our results indicate that WBC as well as serum CRP and ESR levels have a significant correlation with WHR in diabetic patients.