Evaluation of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as a marker of inflammatory response in septic arthritis
Saraçoǧlu, Gamze Varol
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CitationBilir, B., İşyar, M., Yılmaz, İ., Saraçoǧlu, G. V., Çakmak, S., Doǧan, M. ve Mahiroğulları, M. (2015). Evaluation of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as a marker of inflammatory response in septic arthritis. European Journal of Inflammation, 13(3), 196-203. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1721727X15607369
Is neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio high in patients with septic arthritis? Septic arthritis may lead to higher rates of morbidity or even mortality if not diagnosed on time. This study was planned to answer the question that "Could neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio be utilized to help to diagnose septic arthritis?" The cohort of the study consisted of 39 patients diagnosed with septic arthritis. After ruling out the patients who did not meet the research's inclusion criteria, the data of 26 patients were evaluated. The control group was collected from healthy volunteers who were admitted to the internal medicine outpatient clinic for a routine medical checkup at the same period (n = 26). Complete blood count (CBC) parameters, C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratios of the septic arthritis and control groups were compared statistically. In comparison, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratios of the septic arthritis group were significantly higher than the control group. In conclusion, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio can be utilized in the emergency department or in outpatient clinics to support the diagnosis of septic arthritis.