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What does high rdw indicate

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
High red cell: Turn over. Rdw is the term for variation in red cell size and is elevated in iron deficiency anemia, hemolytic anemia, following blood loss or any oth... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Sculco
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
No: This is nonspecific without the rest of the cbc. Sometimes noted with hereditary anemias i.e. Thalassemia. Can also be noted with polycythemia vera.... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Non-specific: Variation in red cell size can be due to many reasons, e.g., iron deficiency, hemolytic anemia, folate (folic acid) and/or B12 deficiency. All lab res... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Depends...: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/red_blood_cell_distribution_width -- RDW is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. What it indicates ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
RDW: High RDW indicates increased variability in red cell size, called anisocytosis, which is commonly found in nutritional deficiency such as iron, folate... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jacob Petrosky
General Surgery 10 years experience
Anemia: Your CBC results suggest that you may have anemia. There are many different types of anemia and most commonly are related to iron deficiency, or a vit... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Pancytopenia: There are multiple causes for same, some quite serious. If pancytopenia results from infection or treatment, it may be reversible, but you have not to... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Not anemia but early red cell release. Need to know HCT. Go to uptodate.com and read more then discuss with ur team.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
A problem: with falling hematocrit can indicate either bleeding or destruction of red cells in the body. Since your platelets are also low, this finding suggests... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Nothing by itself: I've had my RDW that high just from frequent blood donations. Your absolute neutrophil count is probably high -- did you have a recent infection? A re... Read More
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