A 54-year-old female asked:
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cbc done - hgb, hct low(10.6/33.3). the mcv, mch and mch were borderline low. the rdw high. donated blood 1 month previous with 12.9 hgb. ? diagnosis

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Dr. Patrick Williams
26 years experience General Practice
Not enough data: Most cbc's only tell us what numerically is wrong. The only sure way to tell a CBC is abnormal is to look at the peripheral smear. Your indices indicate that you may be iron deficient, however that requires a thorough assessment for blood loss from the gi, gu and respiratory tract. If you donate blood, you can exacerbate the iron deficiency.
Answered on Apr 3, 2016
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