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IL-6 and other biomarkers as predictors of severity in COVID-19

List of Authors: Broman N, Rantasärkkä K, Feuth T, Valtonen M, Waris M, Hohenthal U, Rintala E, Karlsson A, Marttila H, Peltola V, Vuorinen T, Oksi J

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Annals of Medicine

Journal name in source: Annals of medicine

Journal acronym: Ann Med

Volume number: 53

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 3

ISSN: 0785-3890

eISSN: 1365-2060


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Cytokine release syndrome is suggested to be the most important mechanism triggering acute respiratory distress syndrome and end organ damage in COVID-19. The severity of disease may be measured by different biomarkers.


We studied markers of inflammation and coagulation as recorded in 29 patients on admission to the hospital in order to identify markers of severe COVID-19 and need of ICU.


Patients who were eventually admitted to ICU displayed significantly higher serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), and procalcitonin. No statistical differences were found between the groups in median levels of lymphocytes, D-dimer or ferritin.


IL-6 and CRP were the strongest predictors of severity in hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

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