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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hamidreza Sanatinia
25 years experience in 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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 86-year-old male asked:
Dr. Binu Nair
Dr. Binu Nair answered
18 years experience in 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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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Why do you ask?: The reference range on RDW, as for most labs, is set so that a few percent of folks fall outside on either end. A low RDW is never a problem. There is ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Lab test: If the RDW-SD is up but everything else is normal, it's a tipoff that iron deficiency may be developing. There are many other possibilities. And remem ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
You don't want to: Rdw means reed blood cell distribution width is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. Usually rbcs are a standard size of about 6 ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Berns
19 years experience in Pathology
It depends: Rdw means red cell distribution width. It measures the difference between the sizes of the patient's red blood cells. It increases a little as one g ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Red cell size : Variablity. Rdw is the short term for distribution of red cell width and reflects variation in red cell size. The variation may be due hemolytic anemi ... Read More

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