High neutrophil count 'predicts systemic sclerosis progression'

Certain basic haematological parameters may be prognostic for mortality, researchers say

Disturbances in white blood cell homeostasis may be an independent predictor of mortality and disease progression in patients with systemic sclerosis, a first-of-its-kind study shows.

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Specifically, both an elevated neutrophil count and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) are associated with an increased severity of disease and risk of death,