Hemogram parameters in the patients with subacute thyroiditis

Hemogram & Subacute Thyroiditis

  • Hasret Cengiz Department of Endocrinology, Sakarya University Research and Education Hospital, Sakarya, Turkey
  • Ceyhun Varım Department of Internal Medicine, Sakarya University Research and Education Hospital, Sakarya, Turkey
  • Taner Demirci Department of Endocrinology, Sakarya University Research and Education Hospital, Sakarya, Turkey
  • Sedat Cetin Department of Endocrinology, Sakarya University Research and Education Hospital, Sakarya, Turkey
Keywords: Subacute Thyroiditis, Hemogram, Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio, Platelet to Lymphocyte Ratio, Mean Platelet Volume


Background & Objective: Subacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis (De Quervain’s Thyroiditis) is an acute painful inflammatory disease of the thyroid. We aimed to investigate easily accessible and cheap hemogram based parameters of Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR), Platelet to Lymphocyte Ratio (PLR), and Mean Platelet Volume (MPV) in the follow up of inflammatory thyroid disease.

Methods: Patients admitted to Sakarya University Education and Research Hospital Endocrinology and Metabolism Outpatient Clinic and diagnosed as Subacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis between May 2017 and November 2018 were included in the study. Hemogram, thyroid function tests and acute phase values ​​of these patients were recorded and compared with the values ​​after treatment and disease recovery. On the sixth month, thyroid function tests were repeated and the rate of permanent hypothyroidism was screened. The relationships between initial hemogram parameters and acute phase reactants were evaluated.

Results: Total 71 patients were included in our study. 60 (84.5%) were female and 11 (15.5%) were male. The F/M ratio was found to be 6/1. Mean age was 43 ± 9.95 years. Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) Curve Analysis was performed and values for Area Under the Curve (AUC) for NLR and PLR, respectively, were 0.739 (95% CI 0.657-0.820 p<0.0001) and 0.772 (95% CI 0.694-0.850 p<0.0001), which are significant and associated with disease activity. However, the AUC for MPV parameter was: 0.578 (95% CI 0.484-0.672 P: 0.10) and was not significant. The cut off values defined as 2.4 (80% sensitivity and 51% specificity) for NLR and 146.84 (83% sensitivity and 54% specificity) for PLR for the acute phase of the disease. In the Correlation Analysis, NLR and PLR values ​​were significantly correlated with ESR and CRP parameters, which are the most commonly used acute phase reactants.

Conclusion: According to the present study, we believe that the NLR and PLR parameters will be of benefit in the follow-up the disease, accurately demonstrate the inflammatory load in the acute phase of the disease, and correlate with the common acute phase reactants.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.2.1063

How to cite this:
Cengiz H, Varim C, Demirci T, Cetin S. Hemogram parameters in the patients with subacute thyroiditis. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(2):240-245. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.2.1063

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