Assessment of Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW) in Patients With Coronary Artery Ectasia

Dogdu O. , Koc F., KALAY N. , Yarlioglues M., ELÇİK D. , Karayakali M., ...More

CLINICAL AND APPLIED THROMBOSIS-HEMOSTASIS, vol.18, no.2, pp.211-214, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1076029611418964
  • Page Numbers: pp.211-214
  • Keywords: coronary artery ectasia, red cell distribution width, complete blood count, high-sensitive C-reactive protein, CLINICAL-SIGNIFICANCE, PROGNOSTIC MARKER, ERYTHROPOIESIS, ANEMIA


Objectives: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is characterized by an abnormal dilatation of the coronary arteries. Red cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of heterogeneity in the size of red blood cell. In this study, we aimed to investigate RDW levels in patients with CAE. Methods: The study population included 54 patients with CAE (28 males; mean age, 59 +/- 12) and 40 individuals comprising the control group who had normal coronary arteries (17 males; mean age, 56 +/- 10). Admission RDW was measured as part of the automated complete blood count. Results: The RDW was significantly higher in the CAE group than the control (P < .001). Also, high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels in patients with CAE were significantly higher as compared with controls (P < .001). Conclusion: This study demonstrates that RDW and hs-CRP were higher in the CAE group compared with the control group. These results show that RDW is a reliable, simple, and inexpensive marker for patients with CAE.