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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 1997;14(2):430-442.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 1997.
Differences in Clinical Laboratory Data between the Elderly and the Young Adults.
Kun A Lee, Keun Mi Lee, Seung Pil Jung, Seong Wook Bae
1Department of Family Medicine College of Medicine, Yeungnam University Taegu, Korea.
2Department of Health Screening and Diagnosis Center College of Medicine, Yeungam University Taegu, Korea.
Due to the lowering of biological functions resulted from old age, the elderly is known to have many different clinical laboratory data compared with the young adults. But, in korea, such study is lacking. This research is to find the differences between the elderly and the young adults, and also to know the sexual differences, by comparing the outcomes of the clinical laboratory data. Along with that, it is to help clinical usage of the data in the future. The age of the elderly was between 60 and 83(average age 63.8), and that of the young controls was between 20 and 35. In both sexes, MCV, MCH, ESR, CRP,AST, ALT, gamma GTP, ALP, BUN, total cholesterol were significantly higher in the elderly than in the controls. And lymphocyte count(%), total bilirubin, direct bilirubin, total protein, albumin, T3 were significantly lower in the elderly than in the controls(P<0.05). Hemoglobin, Hct, platelet count, T4 were significantly lower only in the male elderly, and eosinophil count(%), creatinine were significantly higher only in the female elderly(P<0.05). HDLcholesterol was significantly higher only in the male elderly(P<0.01). There were no significant difference between two groups regarding WBCcount, segment neutrophil count(%), monocyte count(%), TSH. Many clinical laboratory data are different between the elderly and the young adults, and some clinical laboratory data also have sexual differences.
Key Words: clinical laboratory data, elderly, sexual difference
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