Neutrophil-to-Monocyte-Plus-Lymphocyte Ratio as a Potential Marker for Discriminating Pulmonary Tuberculosis From Nontuberculosis Infectious Lung Diseases

You La Jeon, MD, PhD; Woo-In Lee, MD, PhD; So Young Kang, MD, PhD; Myeong Hee Kim, MD, PhD


Lab Med. 2019;50(3):286-291. 

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The results of the present study suggested that the newly designed NMLR is a more useful tool than the NLR for the differential diagnosis of TB from non-TB infectious lung diseases. The NMLR can provide a clinical impression at an initial stage of evaluation, in which infectious lung diseases, including TB, are suspected. An NMLR value less than 3.95 in these subjects suggests the possibility of TB, so appropriate evaluation and management should be implemented immediately.