The red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of red blood cell (RBC) size heterogeneity, which is easily calculated by dividing the SD of erythrocyte volumes for the mean corpuscular volume. Recent reporter suggested that, besides haematological diseases and anaemia, many human disorders may be closely associated with the elevated RDW. A literature review has revealed the RDW may be closely related to the development of ischaemic stroke, carotid artery atherosclerosis and cerebral embolism. Higher RDW could independently predict adverse outcomes in patients in these conditions.
- Red blood cell distribution width (RDW)
- ischaemic stroke
- cerebral embolism
- carotid artery atherosclerosis (CAS)
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Contributors FF and RH conceived this study. HL provided technical supports. QL conducted statistical analysis and interpreted the data. FF drafted this manuscript and JB and ZL made critical revisions. HL supervised this study.
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