Eosinopenia as a marker of outcome in acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


  • Sneha Biradar Department of Medicine, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Balakrishna Teli Department of Medicine, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Prashanth V. N. Department of Medicine, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India




AECOPD, Eosinopenia, Mechanical ventilation, Mortality


Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the world.

Acute exacerbation of COPD has 10% mortality rate at admission and 1/3rd die within a year of hospitalization. Eosinopenia typically accompanies the response to acute inflammation or infection. The objective of this study was to know whether eosinopenia is an economical marker in predicting the outcome in patients hospitalized due to acute exacerbation of COPD.

Methods: This is a prospective study conducted on 121 patients presenting with AECOPD satisfying inclusion and exclusion criteria admitted in hospitals attached to Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. All necessary investigations were done. Patients with AECOPD were divided in two groups: One with eosinopenia and other without eosinopenia. Duration of hospitalization, need for mechanical ventilation and in-hospital mortality was assessed in both the groups.  

Results: Among 121 patients with AECOPD, 56 were eosinopenic and 65 patients were non-eosinopenic. Majority of patients belonged to age group of 51-60 years with mean age was 62.06±10.783 years. Duration of hospitalization of patients with eosinopenia was 9.04±5.18 days and that of patients without eosinopenia was 6.15±2.89 (p value<0.001). Among them, 41 (73.2%) patients with eosinopenia and 21 (32.3%) patients without eosinopenia needed mechanical ventilation (p≤0.001). In-hospital mortality rates among eosinopenic and non-eosinopenic patients were 53.6% and 15.4% respectively.  

Conclusions: There is a significant relationship between eosinopenia and outcomes of patients with AECOPD. Thus, eosinopenia is a useful, easy-to-measure, inexpensive biomarker for predicting the prognosis and outcome in patients with AECOPD.


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