Eight of the 17 athletes with concussion and high interleukin 6 levels at six hours after their head injury still had concussion symptoms eight days later, the investigators found.
"These results demonstrate a meaningful increase in the levels of interleukin 6 for athletes who sustained a concussion compared to athletes who did not," Meier said in a journal news release.
Athletes with higher levels of interleukin 6
six hours after the injury were also more likely to take longer to recover from their symptoms.
They also found strong correlations between C-reactive protein levels and interleukin 6 levels.
They found that fasting blood glucose and interleukin 6 levels in particular were good predictors of tumour aggression.
Determination of interleukin 6
(IL-6) in serum samples from the three experimental treatments indicated a significant affect of diet on studied parameter (P = 0.004).
The biological effects of interleukin 6. Med Res Rev 1996;1:87-109.
Cooperative influence of genetic polymorphisms on interleukin 6 transcriptional regulation.
She and her colleagues had previously demonstrated that levels of maternal serum interleukin 6
increase before the onset of clinical evidence of infection in PPROM patients who subsequently develop funisitis.
gene -174 G>C and -572G>C promoter polymorphism are strong predictors of plasma interleukin 6
levels after coronary artery surgery.
Determination of the presence of interleukin 6 in bile after orthotopic liver transplantation.
Increase of interleukin 6 serum level preceding fever in granulocytopenia and correlation with death from sepsis.