High Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio: Another Tool in Stroke-Associated Pneumonia
Elena Zapata-Arriaza, MD
Nam K-W, Kim TJ, Lee JS, Kwon H-M, Lee Y-S, Ko S-B, et al. High Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio Predicts Stroke-Associated Pneumonia. Stroke. 2018
Medical and neurological complications, including pneumonia, are found to be major causes of death and morbidity after stroke. Stroke-Associated-Pneumonia (SAP) incidence in stroke units ranges from 3.9% to 44%. Several clinical risk factors and predictive models for SAP have been studied. In this article, the authors’ goal is to demonstrate the relationship between the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and SAP in acute ischemic stroke patients, as a novel biomarker predictor.