Leukopenia, the leukocyte count, and prognosis of disease are interrelated; a systematic search of the literature was undertaken to ascertain the strength of the evidence. One hundred seventy-one studies were found from 1953 onward pertaining to the predictive capabilities of the leukocyte count. Of those studies, 42 met inclusion criteria. An estimated range of 2,200cells/μL to 7,000cells/μL was determined as that which indicates good prognosis in disease and indicates the least amount of risk to an individual overall. Tables of the evidence are included indicating the disparate populations examined and the possible degree of association.
|Advisor:||Delclos, George L.|
|Commitee:||Escobar-Chaves, Soledad L.|
|School:||The University of Texas School of Public Health|
|Department:||Epidemiology & Disease Control|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||MAI 46/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Occupational safety, Surgery, Epidemiology|
|Keywords:||Diagnosis, Leukocytes, Prognosis, Surveillance, Systematic review, White blood cells|
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