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Type: Journal article
Title: Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio - a simple, accessible measure of inflammation, morbidity and prognosis in psychiatric disorders?
Author: Zulfic, Z.
Weickert, C.S.
Weickert, T.W.
Liu, D.
Myles, N.
Galletly, C.
Citation: Australas Psychiatry, 2020; 28(4):454-458
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 1039-8562
1440-1665
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Zlatan Zulfic, Cynthia Shannon Weickert, Thomas W Weickert, Dennis Liu, Nicholas Myles, Cherrie Galletly
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: A narrative review to describe the utility of the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) as an inflammatory marker in psychiatric and non-psychiatric disorders and to discuss the potential role of NLR in psychiatric research. CONCLUSIONS: NLR is inexpensive and readily available using division of two measures obtained on routine blood testing. NLR is elevated in a number of psychiatric disorders. It can predict morbidity and mortality in a wide range of non-psychiatric conditions, but this has not been confirmed in psychiatric conditions. It can be calculated in large, pre-existing datasets to investigate clinical correlates of inflammatory processes. NLR may have a future role in identifying patients with an inflammatory phenotype who could benefit from adjunctive anti-inflammatory medications.
Keywords: neutrophil–lymphocyte ratio; inflammatory marker; morbidity; psychiatric disorders; prognosis
Rights: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2020
RMID: 1000017928
DOI: 10.1177/1039856220908172
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