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A 31-year-old female asked:

My mcv, mch, mchc and hemoglobin all a bit low. rdw a bit high. according to my dr, mild anemia. could that be all? or something else too?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
"Mild anemia?": Being "mildly anemic" is like being "a little bit pregnant." You need to find the cause. If this is thalassemia minor, you need to know before you marry someone else who has it and have a child with an unexpected grave birth defect. If this is "mild iron deficiency", the cause needs to be found -- anything from heavy monthly losses to ill-advised vegetarianism to a bleeding ulcer or tumor.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Provided original answer
If you are iron-deficient, you will begin to feel and function less-than-your-best before the anemia -- even mild -- actually shows itself. If you are offered a diagnosis, cause, and treatment, please comply with iron replacement.
Aug 30, 2017
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
Yes, mild anemia: This is common, especially in menstruating females, more fruits and green vegetables would suffice, all the best
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Last updated Aug 30, 2017

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