Correlation of Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio with Expression of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps Within Stroke Emboli

Jorge Arturo Larco, Mehdi Abbasi, Sarosh Irfan Madhani, Madalina Oana Mereuta, Yang Liu, Daying Dai, Ramanathan Kadirvel, Luis Savastano, David F. Kallmes, Waleed Brinjikji

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Background & Purpose: It has been hypothesized that circulating neutrophils have a direct correlation with the composition of emboli in acute ischemic stroke (AIS). The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in peripheral blood and the expression of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) within stroke emboli. Methods: Consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) due to large vessel occlusion (LVO) that underwent mechanical thrombectomy (MT) were included. Patients were divided into two groups based on NLR median value. Retrieved thrombi were histologically analyzed using Martius Scarlett Blue (MSB) for main thrombus components including red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), fibrin and platelet. Immunohistochemistry staining for von Willebrand Factor (vWF) and anti-citrullinated H3 (H3Cit; NETs marker) was also performed. Results: Samples from a total of 84 patients were included. The average percentage of RBCs, WBCs, fibrin, platelet, H3Cit, and vWF components in thrombi were 45.1%, 3.5%, 21.8%, 29.6%, 19.7% and 14.8% respectively. When stratifying by NLR group [low (≤3.94) versus high (>3.95)], high NLR group had significantly more WBCs (4.5%), fibrin (24.2%), H3Cit (22.7%) and vWF (17.1%) thrombus fractions compared to low NLR group. Additionally, RBC content (38.8%) was lower in the high NLR group. Conclusions: NLR is correlated with the amounts of WBCs, fibrin, NETs and vWF within the thrombi retrieved from AIS patients due to LVO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-730
Number of pages5
JournalInterventional Neuroradiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • acute ischemic stroke
  • endovascular therapy
  • neutrophil extracellular traps
  • neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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