A significant increase of C-reactive protein (CRP) has been reported with concentrations on average 30-50 mg/L1,2,3 from patients with COVID-19. It seems that the patients with severe disease symptoms have significantly higher CRP levels. For example a study reported, patients with mild symptoms had on average CRP level of 19 mg/L and patients with more severe symptoms CRP level of 39 mg/L1.
The pulmonary findings from CT scans of COVID-19 patients are similar to H1N1 influenza4. In both viral pneumonias CRP level correlates with the severity of pathological findings significantly. The severity of lung CT findings in COVID-19 is also associated with the disease progression5,6. Lung lesions are also more commonly seen in patients aged > 45 years compared to patients < 18 years7. Furthermore, patients with low oxygen saturation (SpO2 < 90%) had significantly higher CRP median (82 mg/L) compared to patients with oxygen saturation SpO2 > 90% (median 11 mg/L)8, suggesting that patients with more severe lung damage have higher CRP values. In conclusion, CRP correlates well with the severity of the symptoms of patients with COVID-19 and therefore it is suitable in assessing patient´s condition together with other clinical findings.
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