Table 2.

Laboratory variables and average prednisone daily dose (PD) at the beginning and at the end of followup (median values and IQR of 7 patients).

At Beginning of FollowupAt End of Followupp
PD (mg/day)10 (7.5–15)6.2 (3.7–10)0.174
ESR (mm/h)34 (31–40)4.0 (2.0–15)0.028
CRP (mg/l)13 (12–14)2.0 (1.0–6.0)0.043
Number of vascular lesions8 (6–11)7 (5–10)0.496
Leukocyte count (× 109 cells/l)9.25 (9.10–12.60)9.01 (6.78–9.71)0.091
Neutrophils (× 109 cells/l)5.53 (5.23–7.46)5.60 (2.43–6.64)0.091
Lymphocytes (× 109 cells/l)2.99 (2.30–3.52)2.63 (2.26–2.94)0.075
Monocytes (× 106 cells/l)680 (400–820)680 (380–1020)0.917
Eosinophils (× 106 cells/l)120 (110–150)110 (80–140)0.173
Basophils (× 106 cells/l)20 (10–40)10 (10–40)0.715
Hemoglobin (g/dl)10.5 (10.2–11.4)11.0 (10.6–11.5)0.237
Platelets (× 109/l)370 (345–386)277 (252–326)0.018
Aspartate aminotransferase (Units/l)17 (14–22)25 (15–31)0.028
Alanine aminotransferase (Units/l)18 (13–27)40 (16–54)0.043
Serum protein (g/l)73.9 (73.5–79.0)71.7 (71.0–72.7)0.028
Serum albumin (g/l)39.8 (39.4–41.2)41.6 (39.4–44.4)0.116
Serum α1-globulin (g/l)3.9 (2.8–4.3)2.8 (2.4–3.0)0.046
Serum α2-globulin (g/l)8.3 (8.0–10.5)6.0 (5.1–7.3)0.028
Serum ß-globulin (g/l)8.5 (7.5–9.6)8.3 (6.8–9.7)0.046
Serum γ-globulin (g/l)13.7 (10.5–14.9)12.7 (9.6–14.4)0.028
  • ESR: erythrocyte sedimentation rate; CRP: C-reactive protein; IQR: interquartile range.