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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 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 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
How's the thyroid?: High MCV with normal B12 (did we check folate (folic acid)? do you drink?) says hypothyroidism until proved otherwise, and I see you've also listed th ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Not significant: None of those values is significant in the absence of clinical disease.
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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 female asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience in Internal Medicine
Need CBC number: Low MCV (
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 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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
High ESR: high ESR may be high because you are anemic.Discus with your team.
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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 13-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
Pancytopenia: Pancytopenia could be related to other issues that needs to be evaluated including pediatric connective tissue disease. Your physician will look at a ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Anemia with: High RDW can be iron deficiency. How recently have you had chemo for breast cancer? Many patients after chemotherapy run a low ish WBC with relative n ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high on WBC?: A high rbc and low MCH can be thallesemia trait. Do yo know the actual numbers?
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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Means nothing alone: In isolation from the patient story, lab tests mean nothing. This is especially true since we have no actual numbers. The low MCV and high rbc would m ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience in Pediatrics
More info needed: High blood and platelet counts may mean nothing, but need to evaluate based on examination, white blood cell count and how high red cell count and pl ... Read More
A 54-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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Iron deficiency: You and your physician need to find the cause. It may be anything from heavy periods to non-supplementing vegetarianism to a bleeding gut ulcer or tum ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Any symptoms?: Why did you have these tests done? All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usual ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Calculate absolute #: It is not the percentages of blood cells that determine if they are high or low, but, rather the absolute count. For example, if your total white bloo ... 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 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Numbers vs function: Blood count is determined by the number of red blood cells in your blood stream, saturation usually referes to the amount of oxygen in your blood str ... Read More
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