A leukocyte score to improve clinical outcome predictions in bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia in adults

Open Forum Infectious Diseases
M BlotL Piroth


Bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia (BPP) is associated with high and early mortality. A simple procedure to predict mortality is crucial. All adult patients with BPP admitted from 2005 through 2013 to the University Hospital of Dijon, France, were enrolled to study 30-day mortality and associated factors, particularly leukocyte counts. A simple leukocyte score was created by adding 1 point each for neutropenia (<1500 cells/mm(3)), lymphopenia (<400), and monocytopenia (<200). One hundred and ninety-two adult patients (mean age, 69 years; standard deviation [SD], 19 years) who had developed and were hospitalized for BPP (58% community-acquired) were included. The 30-day crude mortality rate was 21%. The mean Pneumonia Severity Index score was high at 127.3 (SD = 41.3). Among the 182 patients who had a white blood cell count, 34 (19%) had a high leukocyte score (≥2). Multivariate analysis revealed that mortality was significantly associated with a high leukocyte score (odds ratio, 6.28; 95% confidence interval, 2.35-16.78), a high respiratory rate, a low serum bicarbonate level, and an altered mental status (all P < .05). The leukocyte score was not significantly dependent on the previous state of immunosuppression, alcoholism, or...Continue Reading


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