Table 2

NLR, ANC, and ALC during the first week after steroid initiation

Days from steroid initiationNMedianMeanRangeSDP value*
NLR (ANC/ALC)
 Pre354.810.830.9–61.215.50
 11910.813.11.1–47.211.400.0306
 21769.840.9–23.47.920.1522
 3158.314.020.5–61.915.980.1779
 4137.913.251.9–60.316.930.2656
 5107.142.412.5–190.274.290.0977
 699.113.912.4–36.312.660.8203
 798.219.194.9–94.628.710.0273
ANC (K/µL)
 Pre355.056.502.03–22.314.40
 1195.177.202.41–21.255.400.0874
 2176.237.131.71–16.863.670.1594
 3156.47.911.57–25.985.980.0833
 4137.318.013.67–27.726.250.0171
 5108.568.142.86–14.063.530.0020
 697.769.973.34–26.397.180.0039
 7910.9213.473.91–29.348.210.0039
ALC (K/µL)
 Pre351.031.180.15–2.570.68
 1190.540.840.22–2.290.670.0243
 2170.791.150.3–2.450.690.9265
 3150.770.990.35–2.860.701.0000
 4130.781.100.27–2.560.700.5417
 5100.831.010.06–3.120.890.3750
 690.831.070.4–2.850.770.5703
 790.951.260.31–3.631.000.8203
  • Thirty-five patients had labs drawn within the first week after steroid initiation. Available matched NLR, ANC, and ALC pre and post values were compared at each day after starting steroids through day 7. Numbers in bold indicate a p value <0.05

  • *Wilcoxon signed-rank test for paired pre and post values available at each timepoint.

  • ALC, absolute lymphocyte count; ANC, absolute neutrophil count; NLR, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio.