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Low rdw blood

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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
Dr. Todd Abbott
Pathology 25 years experience
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
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Williams
General Practice 27 years experience
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
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Not significant: None of those values is significant in the absence of clinical disease.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jacob Petrosky
General Surgery 9 years experience
Anemia: Your CBC results suggest that you may have anemia. There are many different types of anemia and most commonly are related to iron deficiency, or a vit... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Anaemia: Sounds like mild iron deficiency anaemia. Try an oral iron preparation and repeat the test in three months. Good Luck
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: Most blood tests have a mean peak value with upper and lower limits extending out from the bell shaped peak. Having a mean blood vessel diameter sligh... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Else what?: 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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
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

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