Elevated Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio is Predictive of Poor Outcomes Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Sheheryar A. Jamali, Marion T. Turnbull, Takahisa Kanekiyo, Prakash Vishnu, Abba C. Zubair, Carol C. Raper, Rabih G. Tawk, William D. Freeman

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Background Recent studies of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage suggest an association between peripheral blood neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio and neurologic deterioration. We aimed to study the prognostic utility of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio in predicting inpatient mortality in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Methods We conducted a retrospective electronic medical record review of the clinical, laboratory, and radiographic data of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage 18 years of age or older presenting to the neuroscience intensive care unit from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2017. Patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage were divided into 2 groups (group 1, alive at discharge; group 2, deceased prior to discharge), and neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio laboratory mean values were recorded for each patient. Our primary outcome measure was inpatient mortality, and our secondary measure was incidence of pneumonia with hospitalization. Results We identified 403 patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage for the study. After exclusion criteria, 44 eligible patients were divided into the 2 groups (group 1, n = 32; group 2, n = 12). Mean neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio for group 1 was 11.53, and for group 2, 17.85 (P <.01). The mean neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio of those who developed pneumonia compared to those who did not was 15.28 versus 12.81, respectively (P =.39). A Kaplan-Meier plot demonstrated increased mortality among patients with a neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio equal to or greater than 12.5 compared to those with a neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio less than 12.5. Conclusions These preliminary data demonstrate that a neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio equal to or greater than 12.5 at admission predict higher inpatient mortality in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104631
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020



  • Inflammation
  • lymphocyte
  • mortality
  • neutrophil
  • NLR
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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