To determine if the relative neutropenia previously reported in healthy American, West Indian, and African blacks might also occur in patients with inflammatory disease, preoperative white blood cell (WBC) counts were compared among 112 cases of histologically proven acute appendicitis. Statistically significant lower WBC and neutrophil counts were found in black patients than in an identical group of whites.
(JAMA 229:1630-1631, 1974)
Hyman P, Westring DW. Leukocytosis in Acute Appendicitis: Observed Racial Difference. JAMA. 1974;229(12):1630–1631. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230500048026
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