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Table 2 Comparison between thalassemic patients with normal and abnormal glucose tolerance as regards clinical and laboratory data

From: Gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging study of pancreatic iron overload in young Egyptian beta-thalassemia major patients and effect of splenectomy

Parameters Normal glucose tolerance(20) Abnormal glucose tolerance (20) t * P Sig.
  Mean ± SD Mean ± SD    
Age (yrs) 13.15 ± 3.56 14.85 ± 2.83 1.67 0.10 NS
Age at diagnosis (ms) 12.30 ± 18.63 7.20 ± 2.78 1.21 0.23 NS
Duration of chelation (yrs) 5.80 ± 3.07 5.73 ± 3.60 0.07 0.94 NS
Hb (gm/dl) 7.46 ± 1.24 7.61 ± 1.4 0.4 0.33 NS
FBG (mg/dl) 82.40 ± 7.16 138.75 ± 30.39 8.07 <0.0001 HS
PP (mg/dl) 120.80 ± 9.55 212.50 ± 47.58 8.45 <0.0001 HS
  Median IQR Median IQR Z** P  
Serum ferritin (ng/ml) 1704.5 1330-2000 3251 3050-4300 -3.03 0.002 HS
  1. Abnormal glucose tolerance includes impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes;*Student t test **Mann-Whitney test; SD, standard deviation; IQR, interquartile range (25-75th percentile range); Hb, Hemoglobin; FBG, fasting blood glucose; PP, postprandial blood glucose