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International Journal of Vascular Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1370751, 8 pages
Research Article

A Simple Blood Test, Such as Complete Blood Count, Can Predict Calcification Grade of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

1Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia, Viale Europa 11, 25123 Brescia, Italy
2Department of Surgery, University of Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy
3ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, Italy
4Department of Radiology, University of Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Emirena Garrafa

Received 15 June 2017; Accepted 16 July 2017; Published 30 August 2017

Academic Editor: Gianluca Buffone

Copyright © 2017 Marika Vezzoli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is complex and different factors, including calcification, are linked to increased complications. This study was conducted in order to verify if classical risk factors for AAA and cell blood count parameter could help in the identification of calcification progression of the aneurysm. Design. Risk factors were collected and cell blood count was performed in patients with AAA and patients were analyzed for the presence of aorta calcification using CT angiography. Results. We found no association of calcification grade with risk factors for AAA but we found a strong association between MCV, MCH, and calcification grade. Instead, no association was found with the other parameter that we analyzed. Conclusions. In this study, we demonstrate that biomarkers such as MCV and MCH could have potential important information about AAA calcification progression and could be useful to discriminate between those patients that should undergo a rapid imaging, thus allowing prompt initiation of treatment of suspicious patients that do not need imaging repetition.