A 21-year-old male asked:
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my pdw is 10, 5(referent range 15, 5-30, 5), should i worry?(all the other factors are in range)

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: If everything else is okay, this is no concern at all. The usual reference range for platelet distribution width is maybe 10-18% -- are these different units? If it is way-low, i would consider a possible lab error and go about my business. There's a few studies that don't make sense to me that consider high pdw an independent coronary risk; this has not passed into general acceptance.
Answered on Jan 2, 2014
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