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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
More info needed: Need ebv VCA IgM and / or ebna antibodies. What is ccp?
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A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
A little bit: You look at the person, not the lab value. When I was donating blood a lot, my RDW was in the 16's and it was fine. It's not dangerous; if everything ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Depends...: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/red_blood_cell_distribution_width -- RDW is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. What it indicates ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
54 years experience in Internal Medicine
Probabky: a low grade infection. You are ok
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
May not be worrisom: We would to know a lot more to say if this is a problem. What medications do you take, what other medical problems do you have. These could occur ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience in Pathology
Red cell indicators: Mcv = mean corpuscular volume. This has to do with the average size of the red cells in the blood mch = mean corpuscular hemoglobin. This has to do ... Read More
A 9-year-old male asked:
Dr. Binu Nair
Dr. Binu Nair answered
18 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Mild anemia: Could be iron def, or thalassemia, talk. To your doctor.
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A 15-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Allan
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
Why ordered: WBC may be elevated. It depends on the range .You should discuss the results of your lab tests with the medical provider who ordered the test in the c ... 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 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Very mild anemia: It will depend on the normal range of hb used at your laboratory where you have the test done. At my lab- the normal range used is between 12-15, so ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience in Pediatrics
More info needed: The most common reason for microcytic hypochromic anemia is iron defieicncy. The most common cause of low neutrophil counts and lymphopoenia can be v ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience in Family Medicine
Anemia: Your father needs further medical advice and tests from his doctor to determine cause of the anemia and to treat it effectively.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience in Pediatrics
White blood cells : You're hematologist will take a good medical history and exam . He will review your labs and may order new ones. From this he can make recommendation ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Labs: Look fine, low segs or neutrophils in a setting of normal white count, i recommend checking CBC again in 3 months.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Not blood's fault: If CBC normal as you say, more likely due to a change in the oral environment/ dental hygiene. Consider this to see if any change in brush/floss frequ ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Lowish iron?: You may be borderline iron deficient. This often raises platelets and typically raises RDW well before you get anemic. Your physician can advise you f ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Microcytosis=MCV<80: The good news is that you have normal Hgb and Hct so are not anemic at this time. When mcv and mch are low, it suggests that to maintain a normal Hct ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randolph Thomas
39 years experience in Pediatrics
Hemoglobin/rbc count: Mean corpuscular hemoglobin or mean cell hemoglobin. It is roughly a measurement of the average hemoglobin content of each red blood cell (rbc) and is ... 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 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 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Need iron: It means you have an iron deficiency leading to anemia. It could be not enough iron in your diet to replace menstrual losses but you should check wit ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hernani Cualing
29 years experience in Pathology
Lab tests half story: Though not worrisome, lab tests are only good in relation to a health issue,complaint or symptom. Though normal, these results are as useful to you on ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Microcytic anemia: You need to have the cause determined. Even if it's common iron deficiency, you need to figure out why along with your physician. Don't accept anythin ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience in Pediatrics
ABNORMAL LABORATORY: Lab. Shows infection and anemia. Cause of bleeding?
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