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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience in Family Medicine
Anaemia: Sounds like mild iron deficiency anaemia. Try an oral iron preparation and repeat the test in three months. Good Luck
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kalli Faulkner
11 years experience in Pathology
CBC interpretation: WBC=white blood cell count, typically reported in mm3. Yours is 13,500. Normal is 4,500-10,800. Mild elevations can be due to infection, especially wh ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Suggests low iron: Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (mch) relates to how much hemoglobin on your red blood cell (see mchc - adds concentration to mch). Forget exact acronym, ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Suggests low iron: Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (mch) relates to how much hemoglobin on your red blood cell (see mchc - adds concentration to mch). Forget exact acronym, ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in 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 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Evaluation: He need to see hematology to be evaluated and have more test and may have bone marrow to find the cause so be treated.
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A female asked:
Dr. Rashed Hasan
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Iron deficiency : it appears that you have iron deficiency anemia which needs to be treated with iron supplementation. I would repeat the thyroid studies in a couple o ... 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 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 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside for each value. Mpv is famously variable and like rdw, if you feel well ... Read More
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