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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Probably nothing: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. RDW is just a flag that helps out with the initial worku ... Read More

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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Hematology: If the red cell,total white blood cell and platelet counts, as well as the MCV and MCH are all normal, the low MCHC and high RDW may not be significan ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Don't Rx a lab: Early iron deficiency often does this, but remember that lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. E ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Anemia ???: You haven't supplied all of the info. If he comes from around the Mediterranean ask him about thalassemia. Otherwise go see a doc or hematologist.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Please elaborate: Can you send your entire blood count and something about your health? This would be very helpful.
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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Iron supplements: Low MCV points to iron deficiency. High RDW points to the body making blood cells at a higher rate than normal. An iron supplement might be a good ide ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Okay: Low RDW means nothing. Reference ranges arbitrarily exclude several percent of healthies on either end. MCH isn't a value worth following. Having a ch ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
More than one issue: Low B12 can explain the high mch, mcv and low rdw; these are indications of a macrocytic anemia. You may need B12 injections to address the issue. How ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
17 years experience Pediatrics
RBC Indices: When a blood count (CBC) is done the lab describes the red cells (rbcs). The RDW describes the variation in cell size as a percentage. Normal is ~12-1 ... Read More

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