İlker Murat Arer, Hakan Yabanoğlu, Kenan Çalışkan

Department of General Surgery, Başkent University Adana Application and Research Center, Adana, Turkey


Objective: Acute cholecystitis is a common disease requiring accurate markers for diagnosis and proper treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of red cell distribution width (RDW) in acute cholecystitis.
Material and Methods: 299 were included in the study. The subjects were divided into 2 groups; group 1 (n: 46) acute cholecystitis group and group 2 (n: 253) chronic cholecystitis group. The patients were compared with respect to demographic characteristics, white blood cell count, C-reactive protein, and red cell distribution width.
Results: A statistically significant difference was observed between groups with respect to gender, white blood cell count, C-reactive protein, and red cell distribution width level (p<0.05). The mean red cell distribution width level of group 1 and 2 was 14.19±2.02% and 15.03±2.51%, respectively.
Conclusion: Red cell distribution width level can be used as a predictor of acute cholecystitis. Multicenter prospective studies should be performed to elucidate the exact role of RDW level in acute cholecystitis.

Keywords: Acute cholecystitis, C-Reactive protein, white blood cell count, red cell distribution width

Cite this paper as: Arer İM, Yabanoğlu H, Çalışkan K. Can red cell distribution width be used as a predictor of acute cholecystitis?. Turk J Surg 2017; 33(2): 76-79


Ethics Committee Approval

Ethics committee approval was received for this study from the ethics committee of Başkent University Institutional Review Board (Project No: KA14/258).

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - İ.M.A., H.Y.; Design - İ.M.A., H.Y.; Supervision - H.Y., K.Ç.; Resource - İ.M.A.; Materials - İ.M.A., H.Y.; Data Collection and/or Processing - İ.M.A. ,H.Y., K.Ç.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - İ.M.A.; Literature Search - K.Ç.; Writing Manuscript - İ.M.A.; Critical Reviews - H.Y., K.Ç.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.