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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Polycythemia: Elevation of hemoglobin / hematocrits is called polycythemia. It can be divided in to two groups- primary bone marrow problem- is called- polycythemia ... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Anemia: Please visit this site for information on this topic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20351360 A low hematoc ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Depend of the cause: Treatment for anemia ( low hemoglobin/hematocrit) has to be directed to the underlying cause/etiology of the anemia. Many things can cause anemia eg- ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Red cell volume: Hematocrit is the proportion of blood volume made up by red blood cells. A hematocrit of 45 means that 45% of blood volume is red cells and the rest i ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience in Internal Medicine
Need CBC number: Low MCV (
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
34 years experience in Trauma Surgery
It's a percentage: Basically, the hematocrit is a volume percentage of red cells in whole blood (the other parts being primarily plasma, white cells and platelets). Low ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience in Internal Medicine
Anemia: These results indicate a microcytic hypochromic anemia probably related to iron deficiency but with abnormal shapes suggestion a hemoglobin abnormalit ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carisa Hines
20 years experience in Palliative Care
Abnormal labs: The potassium is elevated. I would follow back with your doctor. This could be a falsely elevated level due to cell hemolysis. If this is truly elevat ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Absolutely: Not to do so would be malpractice. This is utterly basic and every competent physician will agree.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Get it looked at: Your peripheral smear and your labs need to be reviewed by a hematologist or hematopathologist for accuracy of the lab report and possible diagnosis. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Hard to say...: It sounds like it may be an infection but it's impossible to say without more information including if you have any other signs or symptoms. It is als ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Labs: Look fine, low segs or neutrophils in a setting of normal white count, i recommend checking CBC again in 3 months.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
First...: Consider iron deficiency. This often produces this combination. Unless you are a woman with very heavy periods, or a vegetarian who's not supplementin ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Iron deficiency: These results are diagnostic of iron deficiency anemia, which is usually due to excessive blood loss. In menstruating women, it's typically a result ... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience in Internal Medicine
Anemia: Your results indicate anemia. The cause requires identification. Strong possibilities from high retic count include blood cell hemolysis (breakdown) o ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Hard to say...: It sounds like it may be an infection but it's impossible to say without more information including if you have any other signs or symptoms. It is als ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Why do you ask?: This is almost certainly the right hematocrit for your body. No "pop" remedy is going to increase it; if you are seeking to raise it artificially for ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steve Drabek
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Details: Gran% refers to type of white blood cell that fights infection. The others are descriptive terms about the red blood cells and if normal or near norm ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Microcytosis=MCV<80: The good news is that you have normal Hgb and Hct so are not anemic at this time. When mcv and mch are low, it suggests that to maintain a normal Hct ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes and no: They are both blood pressure medicines, but they work very differently. Because they work differently, they have different scenarios we use them i ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Below normal: Anemia is a hemoglobin (HGB) or hematocrit (hct) below "normal". Normal is defined by the laboratory doing the testing and varies by laboratory and "n ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Need more info: It may be a combination of circumstances, and it would be helpful to know the actual values. Given the information your provided, it may be a combinat ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
16 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Various: Causes of high counts can be due to a variety of reasons, some include infections, environmental factors, bone marrow disorders and cancer. You shoul ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Polycythemia.: High HGB levels for 3 kinds of reasons. First, a blood disease where too much blood is made. Second, the blood is being made due to an increase in e ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Masiello
17 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Not an issue: The rdw, mch and mchc are only helpful in evaluating patients with anemia. ron would be unexpected to alter these numbers.
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A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. "A little bit anemic" is like being "a little big pregnant." Your anemia requires a workup. Being microcytic, and I presu ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Suspect thal minor: No lab value means anything apart from a human being, and labs are numbers that may be far removed from the reference range, or just at the edges. I s ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Need iron: It means you have an iron deficiency leading to anemia. It could be not enough iron in your diet to replace menstrual losses but you should check wit ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Yes: Iron is safe and effecitve. Take it with food to minimize stomach upset. If you get constipation, take a fiber laxative like metamucil, after discussi ... Read More
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A 9-year-old male asked:
Dr. Binu Nair
Dr. Binu Nair answered
18 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Mild anemia: Could be iron def, or thalassemia, talk. To your doctor.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
Specializes in Family Medicine
These sound : high normal, but would need more information in order to properly guide you. What exactly is your concern?
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Sample
23 years experience in General Surgery
Depends: It is something that should definitely be evaluated. Either you body isn't making enough red blood cells or you are losing them somewhere. The hemato ... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience in Cardiology
No and yes: No real hard science regarding any benefit. Yes you can take it with your other meds aslong you dont over do it.
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A male asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience in Medical Oncology
See hematologist: Possible causes include cigarette smoking or other source of carbon monoxide poisoning, chronic lung disease, sleep apnea, kidney tumor, and polycythe ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: It's common, very common, for women to have some anemia such as you have. If you take an iron pill with citric acid (orange juice to increase absorpt ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
What's "normal"?: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. "normal" doesn't necessarily mean "healthy" in any case. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
None: You need to determine the cause of your high hematocrit and treat the cause. It is not a do-it-yourself issue. Please consult your doctor.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Rosenblum
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Not much: If blood contains normal amount of hemoglobin, it will carry oxygen to tissues and CO2 to lungs normally. If red cells are a little larger than norma ... Read More
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