Serum Markers and Intestinal Mucosal Injury in Chronic Gastrointestinal Ischemia

Désirée Leemreis - van Noord, PBF Mensink, Rob de Knegt, Martine Ouwendijk, Jan Francke, Hanneke van Vuuren, Bettina Hansen, Ernst Kuipers

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Diagnosing chronic gastrointestinal ischemia (CGI) is a challenging problem in clinical practice. Serum markers for CGI would be of great diagnostic value as a non-invasive test method. This study investigated serum markers in patients with well-defined ischemia. Furthermore, intestinal mucosal injury was also evaluated in CGI patients. Consecutive patients suspected of CGI were prospectively enrolled and underwent a diagnostic work-up consisting of gastrointestinal tonometry and either CT or MR angiography. Blood samples for analysis of intestinal fatty acid-binding protein (I-FABP), D-dimer, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), leucocyte counts, C-reactive protein (CRP), and L-lactate were drawn before and after a standard meal. Intestinal mucosal injury was assessed with glutamine, citrulline and arginine in blood samples and compared to a sugar absorption test (SAT). Test reproducibility was validated in healthy subjects. Forty patients and nine healthy subjects were included. Ischemia was diagnosed in 32 patients (80%). I-FABP, leucocyte counts, LDH, CRP, glutamine, citrulline, arginine and SAT levels did not differ between patients with and without ischemia. L-lactate concentration showed a significant elevation in ischemia patients as compared to non-ischemia patients. In ischemia patients, D-dimer levels showed a significant elevation postprandially as compared to D-dimer levels at baseline. However, these ischemia patients did not show intestinal mucosal injury. I-FABP, leucocyte counts, LDH and CRP levels are not clinically useful for the diagnosis of CGI. However, postprandial rises in L-lactate and D-dimer serum levels can serve as non-invasive indicators of CGI.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)506-512
Number of pages7
JournalDigestive Diseases & Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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