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Mean CRP levels were higher in patients with AECOPD compared to those with SCOPD (p=0.001) (Table-3).
Mean NLR levels were significantly higher in AECOPD group compared to patients with SCOPD (p=0.001).
Likewise, mean PLR levels were also significantly higher in AECOPD compared to SCOPD (p=0.001).
The level of CRP, a marker of severity due to infections, was increased in AECOPD in accordance with several studies, compared to patients with SCOPD.13,14 As in our study, another study suggested CRP as a potential biomarker for the diagnosis of bacterial infections, especially in patients with AECOPD.15