Blood Test Could Signal More Severe COVID-19 Risk
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Patients with lymphocytopenia had a more than threefold increased risk for requiring ICU care compared with people with normal lymphocyte counts at time of admission. Acute kidney injury (AKI) also was more common among people with low absolute lymphocyte counts, new findings suggest.

Lymphocytopenia has emerged as a simply obtained laboratory value that may correlate with prognosis.

Researchers performed a retrospective cohort review study on patients admitted to one academic hospital for Covid?19 illness. They analyzed basic demographic, clinical, and laboratory data to understand the relationship between lymphocytopenia at the time of hospital admission and clinical outcomes.

Results:
-- It was discovered that lymphocyte count is lower and lymphocytopenia more frequent by an odds ratio of 3.40 in patients admitted to the ICU, a marker of disease severity, relative to those who were not.
-- It was also found that patients with lymphocytopenia were more likely to develop an acute kidney injury (AKI), a marker of organ failure, during admission by an odds ratio of 4.29.

Conclusively, This evidence supports the hypothesis that lymphocytopenia can be an early, useful, and easily obtained, prognostic factor in determining the clinical course and disease severity of a patient admitted to the hospital for Covid?19.

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijlh.13288
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