EUROPEAN REVIEW FOR MEDICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol.17, no.3, pp.334-341, 2013 (SCI-Expanded)
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) are chronic inflammatory diseases. Many serum biomarkers have been studied for diagnosis and monitoring of disease activity in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Platelets play an important role in inflammation. The aim of the present study is to determine whether platelet indices; mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW) and platelet-crit (PCT) would be useful, cheap, non-invasive biomarkers for following up and determining severity of IBD.