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what is a healthy number for a rdw

A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
This means: That there is a wide range in size of your rbcs - from small to big. The most common reason is iron deficiency, but if that is the only thing "off" o ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
CBC.: Rdw-cv measures the variability of red cell size. It is useful in finding the cause of anemia, or detecting early deficiencies of iron, B12 or folic ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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What's your MCV?: Hi. Your RDW is slightly elevated. That's not related to your type 2 diabetes or its treatment. What is your MCV (is it above or below normal?)? And l ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lester Thompson
32 years experience Pathology
Cells are dividing: Rdw is a measure of the cell width or size, and if you have a high RDW it usually means that you have many more immature cells -- and so that means yo ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Often nothing: Lab reference ranges are set to that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. RDW does tend to rise as the body becomes depleted of iron ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Bosshardt
Specializes in Internal Medicine
See below: Aall tests have a margin of error - meaning that if you repeated the tests , you might get a slightly different results - all your numbers are close t ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gerald Neuberg
37 years experience Cardiology
Not important: Rdw doesnt matter if the rest of the CBC was good.
A 77-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 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How low: The rbc indices are all expected with thal trait. What is the total WBC and % neuts? Most likely a non issue, but need the actual numbers.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hamidreza Sanatinia
25 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Low but...: If you are asking about RDW that is part of a CBC report in United States, a value lower than 80 is usually considered low (different labs may have di ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Normal: Rdw is either normal or elevated, it is not low. However, RDW may be normal or at the lower end of normal and a person may still have a red cell disor ... Read More
A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Binu Nair
Dr. Binu Nair answered
18 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Very high: Very high, need to make sure no iron deficiency , talkto your doctor soon to look cor reasons. Iron def can be a serious issue at 79 year old.
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