Response by Lattanzi and Silvestrini to Letter Regarding Article, “Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio Predicts the Outcome of Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage”
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We appreciate the letter from Du et al1 on our recent publication regarding the predictive value of the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in acute intracerebral hemorrhage.2
We agree that medical conditions such as premorbid atherosclerotic disease, underlying inflammation, and intercurrent infections could have influenced the NLR and partly accounted for its association with outcome. The prevalence of all the major cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, or hypertension, however, did not significantly differ among the outcome groups, and correlations did not emerge between age and NLR. Additionally, the leukocyte counts resulted within the normal ranges in most of the patients either with good …