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Glucagon levels, disease severity, and outcome in severe sepsis

 Jung, Won Jai  ;  Park, Byung Hoon  ;  Chung, Kyung Soo  ;  Kim, Song Yee  ;  Kim, Eun Young  ;  Jung, Ji Ye  ;  Kang, Young Ae  ;  Kim, Young Sam  ;  Kim, Se Kyu  ;  Chang, Joon  ;  Park, Moo Suk 
 Shock, Vol.43(6) : 563-568, 2015 
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PURPOSE: Few studies on plasma glucagon levels in patients with sepsis have been performed. We aimed to assess clinical value of glucagon levels in comparison with clinical parameters and severity scores in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. METHODS: A total of 112 patients who were admitted to intensive care unit with severe sepsis or septic shock were included. Plasma levels of glucagon on days 0, 1, 3, and 7 were serially measured in 112 patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. RESULTS: Compared with survivors, patients who died within 28 days had significantly higher glucagon levels on every day of examination. Glucagon levels were positively correlated with and Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score (day 0, r = 0.288, P < 0.01) and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (day 0, r = 0.482, P< 0.01; day 1, r = 0.588, P < 0.01; day 3, r = 0.480, P < 0.01; day 7, r = 0.454, P < 0.01). Receiver operating characteristic analysis showed that the area under the curve of glucagon levels to predict 28-day survival was 0.65 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.55-0.75; P = 0.005), similar to the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment scores. Multivariate analysis revealed that glucagon levels of greater than 70 pg/mL (hazard ratio, 1.85; 95% CI, 1.03-3.29) and chronic liver disease (hazard ratio, 1.97; 95% CI, 1.02-3.79) were associated with mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Glucagon levels might reflect disease severity and clinical outcomes in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock.
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강영애(Kang, Young Ae) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7783-5271
김세규(Kim, Se Kyu)
김송이(Kim, Song Yee) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8627-486X
김영삼(Kim, Young Sam) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9656-8482
김은영(Kim, Eun Young) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3281-5744
박무석(Park, Moo Suk) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0820-7615
박병훈(Park, Byung Hoon)
장준(Chang, Joon) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4542-6841
정경수(Jung, Kyung Soo) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1604-8730
정원재(Jung, Won Jai)
정지예(Jung, Ji Ye) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1589-4142
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