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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
18 years experience Family Medicine
Anemia: Anemia of some sort? Get a further work up

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Henderson
41 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Anemia of low iron: The blood results you describe would go along with iron deficiency anemia and in a person of your age likely due to not enough iron intake to make bac ... Read More
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
You're anemic: WIth the low MCHC, you may be iron deficient. You didn't mention your MCV but it's actually moot. You're going to need to get with your physician and ... Read More
Dr. Hernani Cualing
30 years experience Pathology
Anemia: DONNA you have anemia or low red blood cells. Those values suggest the most common cause, iron deficiency. For a childbearing female excess period ble ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Zacks
51 years experience Cardiology
Multiple possible.: If a patient has had recent surgery, that might be the cause. B12 and Folic Acid deficiencies can cause a high MCV (ie, it can represent a nutritiona ... Read More
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Macrocytic anemia: The most common causes of macrocytic anemia are B12 (ruled out for you) and folate (folic acid) deficiencies. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can be ca ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Herrington
34 years experience Family Medicine
Hard to say: There's still some info missing here, like reticulocyte count, b12, and folate (folic acid). You've obviously had a work-up done, and you need to foll ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Why did you check???: There is usually a reason or complaint/symptom that leads to blood testing. So tell us what is bothering you, if anything. You also need to send us th ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Thalassemia: Usually this is thalassemia minor, which is a problem only if two affected individuals are considering becoming parents. Any informed physician can ma ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marwan Akasheh
39 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Myelodysplasia: Sure, if it is isolated cytopenia like only low hemoglobinin or low platelets. You already have it for 6 years and you may continue to have it for yea ... Read More
A 22-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 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
32 years experience Plastic Surgery
Patients not Labs: Doctors treat patients not labs, and with good reason. 90% of diagnoses are made via medical history and physical examination (something not currently ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
You are: not giving us the Hgb level! What is it?? The Hgb "number" may be low normal along with the HCT you quote! Ask again! Dr Z

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