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A 41-year-old female asked:

What exactly is the cause of enlarged red blood cells? i do not drink. i had lost weight and thinning hair

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Macrocytosis: Large red cells, or macrocytosis, can be due to vitamin deficiencies (b12, folate, (folic acid) thiamine), alcohol use, an underactive thyroid, liver disease, excessive production of new red blood cells (reticulocytosis), and bone marrow disorders such as myelodysplastic syndrome. Please see a hematologist so that the correct diagnosis can be made.

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Last updated Aug 19, 2013

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