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The effects of systemic steroid therapy on macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentrations in patients with nasal polyps

  • A Ekinci (a1)



This study aimed to compare serum macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentrations before and after oral steroid therapy in nasal polyps patients, and determine whether there is a difference between pre-treatment macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentrations and healthy individuals.


The study included 24 patients with nasal polyps and 25 healthy individuals. The patient group received 1 mg/kg oral steroid.


The mean macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentration before oral steroid therapy was 3889.79 pg/ml in the patient group and 2334.52 pg/ml in the control group. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentrations were statistically significantly higher in the pre-oral steroid therapy patient group than in the control group (p = 0.017). The mean pre- and post-oral steroid therapy serum macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentrations were 3889.79 pg/ml and 2451.25 pg/ml, respectively. The reduction in macrophage migration inhibitory factor concentrations was statistically significant (p = 0.010).


These findings suggest that concentrations of macrophage migration inhibitory factor may play a role in the pathogenesis of nasal polyps.


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Author for correspondence: Dr Adnan Ekinci, Üçtutlar Mh, Ahçılar 16, Sokak, Ada Aparmant B Blok no: 15, 19000, Çorum, Turkey E-mail:


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