Details of the Study and Its Significance
Specifically with regard to SLE, the ability to “eat” other particles and cells is affected in a very adverse manner. However, in previous studies of this phenomenon, the analyses of overall changes in monocytes and their subtypes have not produced consistent findings that can be relied on when figuring out the role that these cells play in the onset of lupus. Researchers have attributed this to three possible factors:
- Sample sizes
- Too much variation in enrollment criteria
- Too many differences in study designs
Therefore, scientists employed a different procedure that allows for the automatic tallying of different types of blood cells. Then, they selected sixty-one SLE patients for examination along with 203 healthy subjects of the same age range. The latter would serve as the control group to compare results with.