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What does a slightly elevated hematocrit mean

A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: But I am concerned that you infarcted some of your spleen, especially as a young woman. Please try to find out why -- and if it was atherosclerosis, d ... Read More

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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Random Dist Width: Random distribution width (RDW) is a measure of the variability of the sizes (volume) of the red blood cells in a complete blood count. The lower the ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Menopause: An elevated fsh shows ovarian failure or menopause. Hematocrit (hct) refers to your red blood cell count. It is usually done to determine if someone i ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Some ideas: This may be due to something as simple as a cold agglutinin that causes the machine to misread two cells as one. If the MCV is below 100, i'd ignore i ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Hard to say: Anything lasting for 2 years could be significant. The question is how high? A common cause for slight increase in WBC and hct is heavy smoking with ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Give us exact number: We need to see your blood report with actual numbers before we can tell what is wrong. You may need to see blood specialist, if the cells are too high ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Repeat it: As a pathologist, this makes me think of a lab error. You're young to have polycythemia vera rubra.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Polycythemia: A high hematocrit indicates that one has too many red cells (polycythemia). There are many different causes of this condition, some of them potentiall ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Numbers are numbers: Lab results are numbers, and numbers are just numbers. They have little meaning without looking at the whole person. One's primary care doctor can rev ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marwan Akasheh
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Worrisome results: Nothing of concern if no symptoms wait a month and repeat the blood tests.

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