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What do I need to do when I have Microcytic red blood cells

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Wing
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Evaluate: Microcytic anemia can be caused from iron deficiency, thalessemia, chronic disease, or sideroblastic anemia, so the first thing is to determine the ca ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: Agree with Dr. W. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best po ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Small cells: Microcytic red blood cells are small rbcs - usually caused by low iron from decreased iron stores or blood loss.
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Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Small red blood cell: Small rbcs can be seen in iron deficiency. It is also seen in thalassemia, a common disorder of red blood cells. Thalassemia is common in families f ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Nandyal
50 years experience Pediatrics
CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usu ... Read More
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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience Pediatrics
Spleen: Spleen is a major organ of clearing the damaged red blood cells from the blood.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
47 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produ ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Ruden
37 years experience Dentistry
Several: There are multiple causes of enlarged red blood cells, which is termed macrocytosis, and most of them are easily corrected. Two of the most common cau ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Partially because they adapted to grow inside of the womb in hypoxic environment. But there are many other reasons, such as shorter life span of the r ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No need: There is no medical need to determine the osmolarity of red cells. Osmotic fragility of the red cells is a test for spherocytosis.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No nuclei: Red cells do not have nuclei, have a biconcave shape and are bags of hemoglobin. Size is about 7 microns. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
First find the cause: You need to tell us the complete story. Do you have anemia? What is your hemoglobin level? You should be seen by a doctor right away to find the cause ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Hemoglobin S: A genetic variant of hemoglobin, called hemoglobin s causes sickling when hemoglobin loses oxygen.

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