Can Fecal Calprotectin Level Be Used as a Markers of Inflammation in the Diagnosis and Follow-Up of Cow's Milk Protein Allergy?

Beser O. F. , Sancak S., Erkan T. , Kutlu T., Cokugras H., Cokugras F. C.

ALLERGY ASTHMA & IMMUNOLOGY RESEARCH, vol.6, no.1, pp.33-38, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.4168/aair.2014.6.1.33
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-38


Purpose: Calprotectin is a cytosolic protein with immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, and antiproliferative actions. The concentration of calprotectin increases in infection, inflammation, and malignancy. We determined if calprotectin can be used as a marker for the diagnosis and follow-up of bowel inflammation in cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA). Methods: In total, 32 patients newly diagnosed with CMPA were included (24 IgE-mediated, 8 non-IgE-mediated). In all subjects, a complete blood count, total IgE, cow's milk-specific IgE, and fecal calprotectin (EC) were assessed before and after a cow's milk protein (CMP) elimination diet was started. The results were compared with those of 39 healthy children. Results: The mean EC value before the CMP elimination diet was 516 +/- 311 mu g/g in the 32 patients with CMPA and 296 +/- 94 mu g/g in the control group (P=0.011). The mean FC value after the diet in these patients was 254 +/- 169 mu g/g, which was significantly different from the mean value before the CMP elimination diet (P<0.001). When we compared EC levels before the CMP elimination diet in the IgE-mediated group with the control group, we found no significant statistical difference (P=0.142). The mean FC value before the CMP elimination diet was 886 278 pg/g in the non-IgE-mediated group and 296 +/- 94 pg/g in the control group; this difference was statistically significant (P<0.001). In the IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated groups, FC values after CMP elimination diet were 218 +/- 90 mu g/g and 359 +/- 288 mu g/g, respectively, and FC values before CMP elimination diet were 392 +/- 209 mu g/g and 886 +/- 278 mu g/g, respectively; these differences were statistically significant (P=0.001 and P=0.025, respectively). Conclusions: FC levels may be a useful marker for follow-up treatment and recurrence determination in CMPA.