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Table 4 Comparison of Group A and Group B (blood biochemical findings on admission)

From: Risk factors for elevated liver enzymes during refeeding of severely malnourished patients with eating disorders: a retrospective cohort study

  Group A Group B  
N = 32 N = 27
Median (IQR) Range Median (IQR) Range p valueb
TP (6.7–8.3 g/dL)a 7.1 (6.8–7.5) 5.2–8.3 6.6 (6.4–7.1) 5.9–7.9 0.034
Albumin (4–5 g/dL) 4.6 (3.9–4.9) 2.1–5.3 4.3 (3.7–4.7) 2.7–5.3 0.125
Glucose (70–109 mg/dL) 78 (71–92) 34–132 83 (71–93) 51–121 0.558
BUN (8–22 mg/dL) 14 (12–17) 6–34 13 (9–15) 6–39 0.138
Creatinine (0.4–0.7 mg/dL) 0.64 (0.60–0.70) 0.48–1.24 0.62 (0.54–0.71) 0.26–1.35 0.398
AST (13–33 IU/L) 20 (18–25) 13–63 25 (22–31) 18–56 0.004
LDH (119–229 IU/L) 189 (160–211) 146–272 196 (157–242) 129–370 0.659
ALP (115–359 IU/L) 179 (130–224) 74–514 195 (141–241) 24–758 0.518
GGT (10–47 IU/L) 14 (11–27) 8–109 19 (14–35) 8–120 0.198
WBC (3.8–8.5 × 103/μL) 4.5 (3.8–5.0) 2.4–6.6 3.8 (3.1–5.2) 2.1–9.6 0.161
RBC (3.6–5 × 106/μL) 4.1 (3.8–4.4) 2.6–5.4 3.9 (3.5–4.2) 3.1–5.5 0.128
Hemoglobin (11–16 g/dL) 12.3 (11.5–13.4) 8.1–16.4 11.9 (11.1–13.1) 9.4–16.1 0.349
Hematocrit (32–48%) 36.7 (35.0–40.1) 24.5–47.3 35.8 (33.1–38.6) 28.9–45.5 0.283
Platelets (160–410 × 103/μL) 216 (188–254) 154–396 207 (175–260) 150–490 0.732
  1. Patients in Group A had normal ALT levels (≤27 IU/L) during refeeding, while patients in Group B had elevated ALT levels (>27 IU/L) during refeeding
  2. ALT alanine aminotransferase, IQR interquartile range, TP total protein, BUN blood urea nitrogen, AST aspartate aminotransferase, LDH lactate dehydrogenase, ALP alkaline phosphatase, GGT gamma glutamyl transferase, WBC white blood cells, RBC red blood cells
  3. aReference range shown in parentheses. bMann-Whitney U test