Usefulness of soluble E-selectin in the clinicopathologic assessment of acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome
© Kakihana et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 March 2009
A retrospective observational study was conducted to evaluate whether the plasma level of soluble E-selectin  might be a specific pathologic marker of acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS).
The data of 52 critically ill patients admitted to the ICU with systemic inflammatory response syndrome and initiated on mechanical ventilation were retrospectively evaluated.
Soluble E-selectin might be specific and useful marker for the clinicopathologic assessment of ALI/ARDS in critically ill patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome. However, further investigation is clearly needed to determine whether soluble E-selectin can indeed predict the development of ALI/ARDS.
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