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What's the rdw in hematology?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Indices: Rdw refers to red cell distribution width. When the level is high or low, it makes us think of different disorders. For example, a high level can be seen in liver disease and B12 deficiency. A low level can be seen in iron deficiency. Hope this helps.
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
RBC size variation: Rdw is a a statistical measurement of the differences in size of the red blood cells (rbc). Higher RDW values mean that there is more variation in the sizes of the rbc. Iron deficiency anemia is associated with increased rdw, especially after iron replacement starts.

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What is hematology?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Disorders of blood: The study of blood related disorders include such things as bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, low blood counts (anemia, low platelets, low neutrophils), high blood counts, abnormal hemoglobin, and much more.

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