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ISRN Pediatrics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 234835, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Relation between Red Cell Distribution Width and Left Ventricular Function in Children with Heart Failure

Department of the Pediatrics, Tanta University Hospital, Tanta 31125, Egypt

Received 8 November 2013; Accepted 6 January 2014; Published 10 February 2014

Academic Editors: M. Adhikari and G. J. Casimir

Copyright © 2014 Wegdan Mawlana 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.


Background. Most of the studies done on adults showed that red cell distribution width (RDW) can be used as a prognostic marker in patients with chronic heart failure. However, RDW has not been tested in children with heart failure. Methods and Results. 31 children with heart failure admitted to Cardiology Unit, Tanta University Hospital, during the period of January 2012 to December 2012 were included in this study, RDW as a component of routine blood count was evaluated and correlated to the echocardiographic parameters of left ventricle. The mean age of our cohort was 16.16 ± 14.97 months, congenital heart disease with left-to-right shunt represented 58.1% of the underlying causes of heart failure while dilated cardiomyopathy made 41.9%. The mean hemoglobin level was 9.14 ± 1.18 gm/dL; RDW level ranged from 10.7% to 27.7% with a mean of 16.01 ± 3.34. Hemoglobin was significantly correlated with RDW at any level. For the echo parameters, at cutoff point of 16.4%, RDW was significantly correlated with fraction shortening (FS), and A, E/A ratio, but it was not correlated with LVEDD, LVESD, and E/É at the same cutoff level. Conclusion. RDW, a simple, available test, can be used as a marker for the left ventricular function in children with heart failure until an echocardiography assessment for the patients is done.