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A 17-year-old male asked:

Hematocrit level was 56%. hemoglobin level was 18.0. rbc level was 6.0. white blood cells & playlets normal. am i at increased risk for dvt/clots?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
Yes: First get checked whether it is polycythemia vera. If you have this condition you likely are prone for blood clots.
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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 20 years experience
Slightly: People with high hematocrit levels have a higer viscosity of their blood, and this can cause dvt. You should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of prophylactic anticoagulation.
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Last updated Nov 8, 2019

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