Table 3: Blood results at diagnosis.

Middle EasternControl value

ESR31 (3–74)18.5 (2–69)0.02*
CRP5 (1–198)6 (1–62)0.34
Platelets392 (96)434 (130)0.24
Haematocrit 0.35 (0.05)0.35 (0.05)0.53
Albumin35.6 (7.1)38.6 (8.8)0.23
ALT12 (6–35)18.5 (8–147)0.03*
AST14 (5–28)24 (6–128)0.01*

Data presented as mean (SD) and compared by unpaired -test except   where data is presented as median (range) and compared by Mann Whitney test. *indicates statistical significance.