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what does a high rdw blood count mean

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rony Gorges
11 years experience in Internal Medicine
Don't worry about it: if everything else was normal, it doesn't mean much.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Nothing: I trust all else is good. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end.
A female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
High WBC count.: In what you’ve provided here, your WBC count is high, which in and of itself could suggest infection or inflammation. The platelet count is likewise ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
A little: 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
May be infection: 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience in Hematology
Thrombocytosis: The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia. Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
How high?: Thalassemia may be associated with high RBC count to make up for the small size of RBCs. For polycythemia, you may consult this site: http://www.medic ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience in Hematology
Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other typ ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Context: I can drive my own neutrophil count to levels that would make my colleagues worry about leukemia simply by spending fifteen minutes swimming in the la ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
How low?: A low white cell count could predispose a person to infections. The reason for low white cell count may be bone marrow malfunction, excessive destruct ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Low cells: A "low blood count" usually means a low value or # of cells in the CBC (complete blood count). There are many numbers in a cbc, but the main ones are ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
What is the actual: Value? Low mean platelet volume may be normal.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Cook
Dr. Seth Cook answered
25 years experience in Pathology
It is not specific.: Increased monocytes may be caused by many different disorders. The most common causes are infection and recovery from neutropenia (low neutrophils in ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
CBC: Basophils are a type of white blood cell that kill gerns. High basophil count means that there are a higher percentage than normal in a complete blood ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: Low RBC means your red blood cell count is low. It could be from exessive loss, or inadequate production. There are other tests which coud help deter ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
32 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Large platelets: The mpv is a measure of how large the platelet is. Large platelets are presumptively young platelets. If the platelets are being used up or destroyed ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Nothing: There are no diseases that cause low bilirubin levels.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Jin
Dr. David Jin answered
20 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Hematology workup: The elevation of these 2 parameters of the CBC (complete blood count) may reflect infection or inflammation. However, depending on the chronicity and ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Iron deficiency Anem: You have anemia, most probabely iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss during menstruation and elevated platlets we dont have the number is coinc ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Lab error or real: The platelets are fragile & subject to clumping in the specimen& that drops the count. Repeating a level would be prudent on a random low count. True ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high?: Hard to comment without the actual number.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Low neutrophil count: = Neutropenia = low white blood cell. White blood cells help to fight infections.
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