Journal article

Complete Blood Count and Retinal Vessel Calibers

Gerald Liew, Jie Jin Wang, Elena Rochtchina, Tien Yin Wong, Paul Mitchell

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014


OBJECTIVE: The influence of hematological indices such as complete blood count on microcirculation is poorly understood. Retinal microvasculature can be directly visualized and vessel calibers are associated with a range of ocular and systemic diseases. We examined the association of complete blood count with retinal vessel calibers. METHODS: Cross-sectional population-based Blue Mountains Eye Study, n = 3009, aged 49+ years. Complete blood count was measured from fasting blood samples taken at baseline examination, 1992-4. Retinal arteriolar and venular calibers were measured from digitized retinal photographs using a validated semi-automated computer program. RESULTS: All analyses adjusted..

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Awarded by Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

Support was provided by the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Project grant IDs: 153948, 211069 & 302068). The funder had no role in design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.