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Table 3 Comparison of the ESR and CRP level in different follow-up times postsurgery in the two groups (\( \overline{x} \)±s)

From: A comparative study to evaluate the feasibility of preoperative percutaneous catheter drainage for the treatment of lumbar spinal tuberculosis with psoas abscess

  Group A Group B t value P value
Cases (n) 36 32   
ESR (mm/h)
3 weeks after anti-TB treatment 37.1 ± 3.2 43.5 ± 5.0 3.012 0.005
1 week after surgery 78.7 ± 0.6 79.3 ± 0.5 3.180 0.003
1 month after surgery 29.1 ± 0.4 28.5 ± 0.7 1.210 0.235
6 months after surgery 9.9 ± 0.7 10.3 ± 0.6 1.794 0.090
CRP (mg/L)
3 weeks after anti-TB treatment 70.8 ± 0.6 74.2 ± 0.7 3.107 0.004
1 week after surgery 84.3 ± 8.0 93.8 ± 9.1 3.214 0.003
1 month after surgery 15.6 ± 0.8 16.1 ± 0.6 1.816 0.079
6 months after surgery 3.1 ± 0.5 2.8 ± 0.6 1.571 0.126
  1. ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate, CRP C-reactive protein, anti-TB antituberculous