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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience 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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Dr. Todd Abbott
25 years experience Pathology
This field is too sm: The red cell distribution width is a standardized way to communicate the size variability of a whole population of red cells. In 'normal' people ther ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Means nothing: A high RDW is a measure of the variability in size among red cells. When it is low, it's a fluke of statistics, and you should ignore it -- lab "norm ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience 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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Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
No not at all: If your CBC is normal, these two values have little significance. I would ignore them but make sure your hb, WBC and platelet counts are normal.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
61 years experience 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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Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
RDW: I never got much help from the red cell distribution width value. Abnormally low hgb and hct indicates anemia. To start,helpful values in determining ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Romano
9 years experience Internal Medicine
Anemia : While iron deficiency anemia is a common cause of anemia I suggest asking your doctor to do further testing. I have seen patients who have several typ ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Normal: Don't worry, so long the child is healthy otherwise
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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience 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 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Stop worrying: As a pathologist / lab physician, i often wish we didn't even have to report percentages -- they mean nothing apart from absolute values, and even the ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Magdy Shaaban
41 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Check B12 and folate (folic acid): DD of macrocytosis. B12/ folate (folic acid) defeciency, hypothyroidism, liver cirrhosis. Wilson disease causes liver cirrhosis also DD. agglutinatio ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
35 years experience Pediatrics
Everybody...: ...Is "susceptible" to HIV - as in, able to catch it if exposed. If the question is "do I have hiv, " only an HIV test can answer that with any degree ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not the right test: 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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Dr. Rashed Hasan
31 years experience Pediatrics
Iron deficiency : it appears that you have iron deficiency anemia which needs to be treated with iron supplementation. I would repeat the thyroid studies in a couple o ... Read More
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