The P‐component of amyloid (SAP) is a normal serum protein. Recent studies have pointed to the liver as the site of synthesis of SAP. Moreover, we have recently demonstrated a close correlation between serum level of SAP and the degree of liver impairment in patients with acute hepatitis, chronic active hepatitis, and cirrhosis. In the present study we have investigated liver involvement and serum SAP level during measles infection. Up to 80% of patients with measles had evidence of hepatic dysfunction. Serum SAP level was markedly decreased in patients with measles and correlated with the presence of liver involvement. Taken together, this finding suggests that serum SAP level might he a useful and sensitive indicator of liver disease.
|Number of pages
|American Journal of Gastroenterology
|Published - May 1985