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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2015, Article ID 758687, 5 pages
Research Article

Elevated Neutrophil Lymphocyte Ratio in Recurrent Optic Neuritis

Department of Opthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Trakya University, 22030 Edirne, Turkey

Received 20 January 2015; Revised 1 April 2015; Accepted 9 April 2015

Academic Editor: Paolo Fogagnolo

Copyright © 2015 Hande Guclu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To demonstrate the relation between optic neuritis (ON) and systemic inflammation markers as neutrophil lymphocyte ratio (N/L ratio), platelet count, mean platelet volume (MPV), and red cell distribution width (RDW) and furthermore to evaluate the utilization of these markers to predict the frequency of the ON episodes. Methods. Forty-two patients with acute ON and forty healthy subjects were enrolled into the study. The medical records were reviewed for age, sex, hemoglobin (Hb), Haematocrit (Htc), RDW, platelet count, MPV, white blood cell count (WBC), neutrophil and lymphocyte count, and neutrophil lymphocyte ratio (N/L ratio). Results. The mean N/L ratio, platelet counts, and RDW were significantly higher in ON group (, , and ). There was a significant relation between N/L ratio and number of episodes (, ). There was a statistically significant difference for MPV between one episode group and recurrent ON group (). Conclusions. Simple and inexpensive laboratory methods could help us show systemic inflammation and monitor ON patients. Higher N/L ratio can be a useful marker for predicting recurrent attacks.