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Serum RDW Level of COPD Patients and the Characteristics of the Exacerbation

Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of hemogram. Nearly one third of COPD patients have increased RDW levels and exitus rates are higher in this group. It is suggested that elevated RDW might be related with increased mortality in COPD patients.


Objectives: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of red blood cell size heterogeneity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the RDW level and characteristics of the COPD exacerbations.

07 Sep, 2016
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e-Published: 09 Sep, 2016


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