Prevalence of persistent blood eosinophilia: relation to outcomes in patients with COPD

Ciro Casanova, Bartolome R. Celli, Juan P. de-Torres, Cristina Martínez-Gonzalez, Borja G. Cosio, Victor Pinto-Plata, Pilar de Lucas-Ramos, Miguel Divo, Antonia Fuster, Germán Peces-Barba, Myriam Calle-Rubio, Ingrid Solanes, Ramón Aguero, Nuria Feu-Collado, Inmaculada Alfageme, Alfredo De Diego, Amparo Romero, Eva Balcells, Antonia Llunell, Juan B. GaldizMargarita Marin, Amalia Moreno, Carlos Cabrera, Rafael Golpe, Celia Lacarcel, Joan B. Soriano, José Luis López-Campos, Juan J. Soler-Cataluña, José M. Marin

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    Copyright ©ERS 2017. The impact of blood eosinophilia in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains controversial.To evaluate the prevalence and stability of a high level of blood eosinophils (≥300 cells·μL-1) and its relationship to outcomes, we determined blood eosinophils at baseline and over 2 years in 424 COPD patients (forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) 60% predicted) and 67 smokers without COPD from the CHAIN cohort, and in 308 COPD patients (FEV1 60% predicted) in the BODE cohort. We related eosinophil levels to exacerbations and survival using Cox hazard analysis.In COPD patients, 15.8% in the CHAIN cohort and 12.3% in the BODE cohort had persistently elevated blood eosinophils at all three visits. A significant proportion (43.8%) of patients had counts that oscillated above and below the cut-off points, while the rest had persistent eosinophil levels <300 cells·μL-1 A similar eosinophil blood pattern was observed in controls. Exacerbation rates did not differ in patients with and without eosinophilia. All-cause mortality was lower in patients with high eosinophils compared with those with values <300 cells·μL-1 (15.8% versus 33.7%; p=0.026).In patients with COPD, blood eosinophils ≥300 cells·μL-1 persisting over 2 years was not a risk factor for COPD exacerbations. High eosinophil count was associated with better survival.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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