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Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as a diagnostic marker of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Sep;180:12-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.05.042. Epub 2014 Jun 13.

Kirbas A1, Biberoglu E2, Daglar K2, Iskender C2, Erkaya S2, Dede H2, Uygur D2, Danisman N2.

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol
ABSTRACT
AbstractINTRODUCTION: In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and total bile acid (TBA) concentration in pregnant women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP).MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fasting and postprandial TBA, NLR, and aminotransferase (AST/ALT) levels in the blood samples of 65 pregnant women with intrahepatic cholestasis were examined in this prospective case-control study. Thirty-three of the patients had mild disease and 32 had severe disease; 70 healthy women in uncomplicated pregnancies served as the control group.RESULTS: Not only was the mean NLR elevated in the pregnant women with cholestasis when compared to the controls, but it also predicted the severity of the cholestasis. The correlation between fasting TBA and NLR was significant.COMMENTS: Although TBA is still the diagnostic standard, NLR can be used as an initial screening tool due to its high specificity.Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Full Text Source: Elsevier Science
PMID:24997423 | http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24997423

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