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what does high rdw indicate

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Sculco
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Thal: High rbc and very low MCV all classic for thal.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jacob Petrosky
8 years experience General Surgery
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 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Blood test: It appears that he has iron deficient anemia. Reduce milk intake and increase green vegetables and iron fortified cereals.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
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
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
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

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