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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 475-477

Lymphocytopenia may be a new indicator for infected obstructed kidneys secondary to urinary stone disease

Department of Urology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, Southampton, UK

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Bhaskar K Somani
Consultant Urological Surgeon (Stone Lead) and honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Urology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, SO16 6YD
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.157965

PMID: 26692668

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Objective: Infected obstructed kidney (IOK) is a urological emergency. We wanted to look at the role of serum inflammatory markers in these patients. Materials and Methods: Patients with IOK requiring percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) at our university hospital were identified, and data were collected on lymphocyte count, C-reactive protein (CRP) and microbiology results. Results: Thirty-nine patients had PCN for IOK. Lymphocytopenia was seen in two-thirds of these patients. Severe lymphocytopenia was associated with a significant rise in CRP in all cases and following PCN, lymphocytopenia improved in the majority of cases. Conclusions: Lymphocytopenia seems to be associated with the severity of infection and could be a surrogate marker on its own or in conjunction with CRP for initial diagnosis and monitoring response to treatment in patients with IOKs.

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