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Red cell distribution width can predict intestinal atrophy in selected patients with celiac disease.
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PMID:  23143635     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Red cell distribution width (RDW) has been shown as a distinctive marker of mortality and morbidity in a wide spectrum of conditions related to systemic inflammation or deficiency of antioxidant nutrients.
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the predictive value of RDW in detection of intestinal atrophy in celiac disease (CD).
METHODS: Iron indices and RDW were studied in 49 patients with CD to evaluate the utilization of RDW as a predictive marker for presence of intestinal atrophy.
RESULTS: Sixty-nine percent of patients had iron deficiency at initial presentation and 89% had abnormal RDW defined as >14. Receiver operating characteristics curves of RDW has been found to be a predictive of intestinal atrophy at levels higher than 17.25 (68% sensitivity and 85% specificity). In patients with transglutaminase antibody IgA titers >200 U/l, RDW level >17.75 showed 76% sensitivity and 100% specificity for intestinal atrophy.
CONCLUSIONS: We suggest that RDW can be used as a surrogate marker of atrophy in patients with iron deficiency and suspected CD. In addition, the sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive values of RDW increases when used in combination with high levels of transglutaminase IgA antibody.
Ozgur Harmanci; Taylan Kav; Bulent Sivri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical laboratory analysis     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1098-2825     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Lab. Anal.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801384     Medline TA:  J Clin Lab Anal     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  497-502     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Gastroenterology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Sihhiye, Ankara, Turkey.
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