INTRODUCTION: In this study, it was aimed to evaluate the clinical significance of platelet indices, platelet, neutrophil, and lymphocyte values, as well as neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet/lymphocyte ratio (PLR) values and their relationship with mortality in palliative care patients.
METHODS: The data of 464 patients in the palliative care service were analyzed retrospectively. Sociodemographic characteristics of the patients, diagnosis, length of stay in the service, the way they were admitted to the palliative service and the way they were discharged from the palliative service, hospitalization and hematological parameters were recorded.
RESULTS: The mean age of the 464 patients included in the study was 75.15±13.63 years. It was seen that 68.30% of the patients were alive during the time period they were included in the study. When the admission and discharge blood values of the patients who died and the patients who survived were compared, the WBC and neutrophil values of the patients who died were found to be higher than the patients who survived, while the platelet and lymphocyte values of the patients who died were found to be lower. While admission and discharge NLR values, admission PLR values, discharge MPV values and discharge PDW values were found to be significantly higher in patients who died than in patients who survived, discharge PCT value was found low.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Leukocytosis, thrombocytopenia, lymphopenia, and neutrophilia were dominant in the hematological parameters of the patients who died compared to the patients who survived. In contrast, the admission PLR value was found to be higher in patients who died than the patients who survived.