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Nihon Kokyuki Gakkai Zasshi. 2004 Dec;42(12):988-93.

[Concentrations of carcinoembryonic antigen in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of asthmatic patients with mucoid impaction].

[Article in Japanese]

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  • 1First Department of Medicine, Hokkaido University School of Medicine.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Concentration of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is known as a marker of malignant transformation and chronic inflammation. We recently observed increased levels of serum CEA in a patient with asthma accompanied by mucoid impactions, which dramatically decreased after a sequence of bronchial washings. The present study evaluated relationships between levels of CEA, bronchial asthma and mucoid impactions.

METHODS:

Serum CEA concentrations were determined by chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA) or enzyme immunoassay in 44 subjects, comprising 9 asthmatic patients with mucoid impactions, 13 asthmatic patients without mucoid impactions, 12 patients with bronchiectasis, and 10 healthy volunteers. CEA concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were determined in 5 asthmatic patients with mucoid impactions and 10 healthy volunteers.

RESULTS:

Serum concentrations of CEA were significantly increased in asthmatic patients with mucoid impactions compared with patients without mucoid impactions, patients with bronchiectasis, or healthy volunteers (median [range], 17.3 ng/ml [2.8-28.8 ng/ml]; 3.0 ng/ml [1.5-7.1 ng/ml], 2.2 ng/ml [0.9-17.9 ng/ml], and 1.9 ng/ml [0.6-2.9 ng/ml], respectively). Concentrations of CEA in BALF were also significantly increased in asthmatic patients with mucoid impactions compared to healthy volunteers (3.2 ng/ml albumin [1.2-12.4 ng/ml albumin] vs. 0.4 ng/ml albumin [0.2-1.9 ng/ml albumin]).

CONCLUSION:

These findings suggest that bronchial asthma with mucoid impactions is among several pathogeneses that cause increased levels of CEA in serum and BALF.

PMID:
15678904
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