Urology Research & Practice
Original Article

Predictive value of preoperative neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio on the prognosis of germ cell testicular tumors


Clinic of Urology, Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

Urol Res Pract 2017; 43: 55-61
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2016.38924
Read: 1301 Downloads: 923 Published: 25 July 2019


Objective: We investigated the prognostic value of preoperative neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) on germ cell testicular tumors (GCT).


Material and methods: The data of 53 patients who underwent inguinal orchiectomy were analyzed retrospectively. NLR was calculated from the preoperative complete blood cell counts. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed to find the threshold values  for NLR. Correlations between cancer-specific survival (CSS) and progression-free survival (PFS) and NLR were evaluated.


Results: The mean follow-up time was 23.55±18.06 months. The mean level of NLR was 3.08±1.81. Optimal threshold values  of NLR was calculated as 3.55 for PFS (area under curve, AUC: 0.55) and 3.0 for CSS (AUC: 0.66). For patients with a NLR of <3.55 and NLR of ≥3.55, mean times-to-progression were 55.71 months (95% CI, 51.27-60.14) and 51.95 months (95% CI, 38.02-65.87, p=0.152), respectively. As well as, for patients with a NLR of <3.0 and NLR of ≥3.0, mean times -to-cancer specific death were 54.72 months (95% CI, 49.05-60.38) and 49.43 months (95% CI, 37.64-61.22, p=0.119), respectively.


Conclusion: Preoperative NLR is not a useful tool to predict the prognosis of patients with GCT.

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