«RESULTS: The mean age of the GS group was 28 ± 9 years, and the average EAT thickness was found to be 2.5 ± 0.1 mm. The mean age of the control group was 26 ± 6 years, and the average EAT thickness was found to be 4.2 ± 0.5 mm. When comparing the two groups, the EAT thickness of the GS group was found to be significantly lower (p<0.001) than that of the control group. In the GS group the APN was 14.9 ± 4.2 mg/L, and in the control group the APN was 12.6 ± 4.5 mg/L (p<0.022). We found that total bilirubin (β=-1,607, p<0,001) and indirect bilirubin (β=1,086, p<0,001) have an independent association with decreased EAT thickness.
CONCLUSION: EAT thickness is associated with coronary atherosclerosis. Low EAT thickness may be related with low release of proinflammatory cytokine. High levels of APN may be related high anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, low EAT thickness and high levels of APN may demonstrate protective effect on atherosclerotic heart diseases in GS patients.»