Table 3.

Laboratory tests at the time of diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA), comparing statin users and nonusers (Wilcoxon rank-sum test). N is the number of subjects with result available for the variable considered. Data are median (25th percentile, 75th percentile).

TestGCA with Statin, n = 54nGCA without Statin, n = 243np
ESR, mm/h64 (53–96)5469 (43–95)2370.9
CRP, mg/l48.7 (35–94.6)3856.5 (27–100)1500.8
Hemoglobin, g/dl11.6 (10.5–12.5)4711.7 (10.7–12.8)2270.4
Platelets, × 109/l383 (301–438)47378 (318–462)2260.4
Leukocytes, × 109/l8.6 (6.8–10.3)478.9 (7.4–11.3)2260.1
Cholesterol total, mg/dl170 (146.5–207.5)36190 (166–219)1340.04
HDL-cholesterol, mg/dl59 (41.5–70.5)3658 (45–72)1330.6
LDL-cholesterol, mg/dl88 (75–108)36107 (88–130)1330.004
Triglycerides, mg/dl107 (87–161)36101 (75–142)1330.3
  • ESR: erythrocyte sedimentation rate; CRP: C-reactive protein; HDL: high-density lipoprotein; LDL: low-density lipoprotein.