, Volume 29, Issue 2–3, pp 65–71 | Cite as

Relationship of Five Inflammatory Gene Polymorphisms with Morbidity and Mortality in 533 Patients Admitted to an ICU

  • Jan R. Ortlepp
  • Jürgen Graf
  • Katharina Vesper
  • Fabian Schmitz
  • Vera Mevissen
  • Sebastian Sucigan
  • Alexander Kersten
  • Christian Weber
  • Uwe Janssens



The aim of this study was to analyze the association of polymorphisms of five candidate genes with the outcome of consecutive patients admitted to a medical ICU.

Materials and Methods

The study population was prospectively recruited. Inclusion criteria were admission to the ICU and written informed consent by the patients or their relatives. A total of 533 patients were recruited. The morbidity was assessed by SAPS II Score. Outcome data of in hospital mortality and length of ICU and hospital stay were obtained. Genotyping for genetic polymorphisms (CRP 1059, IL1B −511, CTGF −477, CCR2 64VI, IL6 −174) were performed by allele-specific fluorogenic oligonucleotide probes (TaqMan analysis).


All of the investigated polymorphisms were not associated with an altered outcome. There was no difference in morbidity and ICU or in-hospital mortality (neither in cross tabs analysis nor in Kaplan Meier or Cox regression analysis including age, gender and diagnosis as covariates) between the different genotypes.


Genotyping of the investigated polymorphism for risk stratification of patients admitted to ICU does not seem to be appropriated.

Key words

genetic polymorphism ICU mortality morbidity 



This study was supported by the START program of the University Hospital of Aachen and is part of the doctoral thesis of Katharina Vesper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan R. Ortlepp
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jürgen Graf
    • 2
  • Katharina Vesper
    • 2
  • Fabian Schmitz
    • 2
  • Vera Mevissen
    • 2
  • Sebastian Sucigan
    • 2
  • Alexander Kersten
    • 2
  • Christian Weber
    • 2
  • Uwe Janssens
    • 3
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Intermediate CareUniversity Hospital of Aachen-RTWTHAachenGermany
  2. 2.Medical Clinic IUniversity Hospital of Aachen Hospital of Aachen-RTWTHAachenGermany
  3. 3.St Antonius HospitalEschweilerGermany

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