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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Saab
42 years experience Family Medicine
Anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is the most common cause of anemia. It can be due to heavy periods. It can be treated with ferrous sulfate 325 3 times daily ... Read More
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A female asked:
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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience Pediatrics
More info: Is there a family history of spherocytosis? Is there any history of jaundice (yellowness) or of enlarged spleen. Why was this group of tests done and ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. You di ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: 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
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Spherocytosis?: Are you anemic? Was a reticulocyte count done? What's the big picture? Labs mean nothing without it. If you're very close to your lab's reference rang ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Different thing: You could have more than one conditons like low in iron and low in vitamin B12 for instance- that would make normal MCV and high rdw. Or you could be ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Are you anemic?: Individual labs mean nothing apart from the person. I'm a pathologist and this is the key to understanding the lab. I shot my RDW over 15 by frequent ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
How low?: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. If your peripheral smear is unremarkable and the MCV abo ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
. Iron deficiency: I assume you are newly anemic, and this is not congenital. Low MCV, and high RDW are seen in iron def, but the normal ferritin complicates things. A ... Read More
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