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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need the numbers: 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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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Not reliable test: Unless your hemoglobin is low(.
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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 female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
# of things: It could be any of a number of things. Your doctor should see you and do a history physical, possibly run some tests, then let you know what's going ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elton Behner
36 years experience Dentistry
Possible infectious: process, see PCP asap.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Blood work: Without knowing your story, noone can tell you why your blood work is abnormal. We are not here to treat labs only but patients.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
Neutrophils : Neutrophils are white blood cells that help to fight bacterial infections. The absolute neutrophil count (anc) is used to assess how many neutrophils ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jila Khorsand
44 years experience Pathology
Chronic blood loss ,: If you are bleeding slowly ,the chronic bleed will cause anemia ,hence the low Hb and Hct and elevated platelets. A work up for occult bleeding ,most ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
No that low.: High RDW and low MCH are both consistent with blood loss and mild iron deficiency - with menses most likely, or sometimes with an ulcer.
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A female asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
Iron deficiency: You may be having Iron deficiency anemia..check with a hematologist or with your primary care dr
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high?: The most common circumstance would be a bacterial infection. Could also be a chronic leukemia, drug effect, or from heavy smoking.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Anemia: An otherwise healthy 30 year-old female can get pretty iron deficient just from normal menstrual blood loss. Your anemia is "microcytic and hypochromi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Krakauer
44 years experience Endocrinology
On occasion: B "sd Normetanephrine is the neurotransmitter of the sympathetic (fight and flight) nervous system. elevations are common with anxiety, fear, stress i ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Issues: Sorry to be a nuisance but it is difficult for me to fully understand all of the problems. Can you please be a bit more specific about your questions ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 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 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adetokunboh Ajoku
42 years experience Pediatrics
May be normal: You did not specify how old your child is. To be able to accurately interprete labs it's important to know age. Low granulocytes and high lymphocytes ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
This is serious: If your physician has not already had a serious talk with you about what is probably iron deficiency anemia, get with a physician who's a better commu ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: 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. See this si ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: The full report is needed to provide a meaningful opinion. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered t ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Probably nothing: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. RDW is just a flag that helps out with the initial worku ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Need a workup: Lab results mean nothing in isolation, and reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Given that, I would ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: Actual values are needed for proper evaluation. Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test would b ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
No.: Suggests you are fighting an infection, but could be from steroids, stress or other things. Must be considered as one piece of the whole picture, not ... Read More
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