Neutrophil-lymphocyte and platelet-lymphocyte ratio as predictors of disease specific survival after resection of adrenocortical carcinoma

Fabio Bagante, Thuy B. Tran, Lauren M. Postlewait, Shishir K. Maithel, Tracy S. Wang, Douglas B. Evans, Ioannis Hatzaras, Rivfka Shenoy, John E. Phay, Kara Keplinger, Ryan C. Fields, Linda X. Jin, Sharon M. Weber, Ahmed Salem, Jason K. Sicklick, Shady Gad, Adam C. Yopp, John C. Mansour, Quan Yang Duh, Natalie SeiserCarmen C. Solorzano, Colleen M. Kiernan, Konstantinos I. Votanopoulos, Edward A. Levine, George A. Poultsides, Timothy M. Pawlik

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Background The systemic inflammatory response may be associated with tumor progression. We sought to analyze the impact of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) on recurrence-free survival (RFS) and disease-specific survival (DSS) among patients who underwent surgery for adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC). Methods Patients undergoing surgery for ACC were identified from a multi-center database. Cut-off values of 5 and 190 were defined as elevated NLR and PLR, respectively, and long-term outcome was assessed. Results Among 84 patients with ACC, 29 (34.%) had NLR>5 while 32 (40.5%) had PLR>190. NLR and PLR were associated with larger tumors (NLR>5: ≤5cm, 0% vs. >5cm, 39.7%; PLR>190: ≤5cm, 0% vs. >5cm, 45.7%), as well as need to resect of other organs (NLR>5: other organ resected 48.8% vs. not resected 20.9%; PLR>190: other organ resected 25.0% vs. not resected 56.4%)(all P<0.05). Five-year RFS was associated with an elevated NLR (NLR≤5, 14.2% vs. NLR>5, 10.5%) and PLR (PLR≤190: 19.4% vs. PLR>190: 5.2%) (both P<0.05). On multivariate survival analyses, PLR remained a predictor of RFS (HR 1.72), while NLR was associated with both DSS (HR 2.21) and RFS (HR 1.99) (both P<0.05). Conclusions Immune markers such as NLR and PLR may be useful to stratify patients with regards to prognosis following surgery for ACC. J. Surg. Oncol. 2015 111:164-172.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-172
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • adrenocortical carcinoma
  • neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio
  • platelet-lymphocyte ratio
  • prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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