Serum YKL-40 levels as a novel marker of inflammation in patients with endometriosis
CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
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Purpose: To establish serum YKL-40 concentrations in patients with endometriosis compared to age-matched healthy subjects. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional clinical study conducted in a tertiary care center. Demographics and serum YKL levels were determined and noted in a total of 63 cases (33 endometriosis patients, 30 healthy controls). Measurement of YKL-40 levels was made using a YKL-40 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit according to the manufacturer's protocol. Results: The mean serum YKL-40 levels of the patient group was 106.0 +/- 15.9 (range 23.44 to 382.55) years, while the mean serum YKL-40 levels of the controls was 52.2 +/- 7.0 (range 22.35 to 160.0) years (p = 0.003). Conclusions: This is the first study evaluating serum YKL-40 levels in endometriosis. The present results indicate that YKL-40 levels were increased in patients with endometriosis compared to controls. The authors propose that circulating YKL-40 levels could be a novel biomarker for diagnosis and follow-up of endometriosis.
Reprint Address: Ural, UM (reprint author)
|Recep Tayyip Erdogan Univ, Fac Med, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Islampasa Mahallesi,Sehitler Caddesi 74, Rize, Turkey.|