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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Low RDW is good: Rdw refers to the variation in the size of red blood cells. Normal value is from 11.5 to 14.5. There is preliminary evidence that high RDW values may ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside for each value. Mpv is famously variable and like rdw, if you feel well ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience in Family Medicine
Anaemia: Sounds like mild iron deficiency anaemia. Try an oral iron preparation and repeat the test in three months. Good Luck
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Normal: Don't worry, so long the child is healthy otherwise
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
32 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Low iron: If the MCHC level is below 28%, this is considered too low. The MCHC level can be too low because of blood loss over time, or too little iron in the b ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Iron deficiency?: I'm a lab specialist. Labs mean nothing apart from a history and physical exam, and labs aren't simply "low" or "high" -- HOW low / high is key. You o ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Discuss with PCP: Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a machine-calculated measurement of the average size of platelets found in blood. MPV is higher when there is destructi ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Why the tests?: 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 male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Thalassemia minor?: With normal packed cell volume, high red cell count, low MCV, I'd consider you may have thalassemia minor. This is good to know because if you marry s ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience in Pathology
Low blood/anemia,,,,: High RDW means high distribution or a wide variety of rbc size, low MCHC means a low average hemoglobin concentration, and low hb and hct mean that th ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Need a little more: Here. Are you saying neut percent and lymph percent slightly off? If that is all no biggie.
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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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No, we can't: I suspect you're iron deficient (microcytic anemia and high platelets) and I am not even going to guess on the others. This is the wrong forum to brin ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Big picture please: As a lab doctor, this means nothing in isolation. I appreciate your caring & this is no familiar pattern. Is the person clinically healthy? How off ar ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Depends: It depends upon how abnormal the counts are. Laboratory normals are set at the laboratory level and do not indicate normal for everyone. Values slig ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Blood count terms: Rdw means red cell distribution width, which is the range of values for the width of your red blood cells. A higher number could mean that you are mak ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Williams
26 years experience in General Practice
Not enough data: Most cbc's only tell us what numerically is wrong. The only sure way to tell a CBC is abnormal is to look at the peripheral smear. Your indices indica ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Sculco
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Spurious vs real: Need good history. Decrease plasma volume or stress erythrocytosis would be spurious. Secondary causes could include anything associated with tissue ... Read More
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 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Macrocytic anemia: Please forgive my frankness and the appearance perhaps of flippancy. In our dysfunctional health care system, physicians often have less time to expla ... Read More
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 female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Nutrition: You seem to have more than one nutritional deficiency. It may be due to poor diet or malabsorption. It is imperative that you consult a doctor to asce ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Probable viral: infection which has affected your liver: get a Hepatitis screening for A, B and C types of hepatitis.

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