J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 2022 Aug 22. doi: 10.1515/jbcpp-2022-0179. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of preoperative Monocyte-to-Lymphocyte ratio (MLR) as a potential predictor of bladder cancer (BC).
METHODS: Clinical data of patients who underwent TURBT at our institution between 2017 and 2021 were collected and retrospectively analysed. MLR was obtained from preoperative blood analyses performed within 1 month from hospital admission. The association of MLR with different clinic-pathological features obtained from histological reports was further analysed. Statistical analysis was performed using the Kruskal Wallis test for non-parametric variables, assuming p<0.05 as statistically significant.
RESULTS: 510 patients were included in the study (81% males, 19% females), with a mean age of 71.66 ± 11.64 years. Mean MLR was higher in patients with any-type bladder cancer, reporting an MLR of 0.41 ± 0.11 compared to 0.38 ± 0.43 in patients without bladder cancer (p=0.043). In the subsequent comparison among low-grade and high-grade bladder cancer, MLR did not report statistically significant differences, with 0.29 ± 0.12 for low-grade BC and 0.51 ± 0.81 for high-grade BC (p=0.085).
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings reported elevated preoperative MLR should be considered a potential biomarker predicting malignancy for bladder tumours. Furthermore, research are necessary to assess its role in discerning low-grade from high-grade patients.