Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Monday, December 22, 2014

Neutrophil Motility Is A Potential Sepsis Biomarker

Tracking neutrophil motility patterns could provide early diagnosis of life-threatening condition

In a study, a movement of neutrophils in the absence of chemical signals was observed in samples taken from some patients several days before a diagnosis of sepsis could be made, and once effective antibiotic treatment began, the unusual movement pattern began to fade. The authors note that, in addition to allowing faster initiation of antibiotic treatment, the ability to diagnose sepsis rapidly and accurately would reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics that leads to the proliferation of resistant bacteria that is so common in burn units.

"Since only a handful of rare genetic disorders affect neutrophil function, it has long been assumed that studying these cells was not important; but our findings indicate that neutrophils play a much more important role in sepsis than has been appreciated"

Read more:
Altered movement of white blood cells may predict sepsis in patients with major burns 

Source: EurekAlert
Image credits: BioMEMS Resource Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

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