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What does a high rdw blood test mean

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Anaemia: Sounds like mild iron deficiency anaemia. Try an oral iron preparation and repeat the test in three months. Good Luck
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
RDW: I never got much help from the red cell distribution width value. Abnormally low hgb and hct indicates anemia. To start,helpful values in determining ... Read More
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Anemia : While iron deficiency anemia is a common cause of anemia I suggest asking your doctor to do further testing. I have seen patients who have several typ... Read More

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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kalli Faulkner
Pathology 12 years experience
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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
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
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
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
Pathology 44 years experience
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 35-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.
A female asked:
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics 31 years experience
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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 39 years experience
RDW: RDW=red cell distribution width. This is a statistical measure or the degree of variation in sizes of the red cells. It is a useful parameter ini clas... Read More

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