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A 47-year-old female asked:

are these "out of range" cbc numbers normal or cause for concern/alarm? auto wbc 11.4(h), rbc 5.20, hgb 12.1, hematocrit 38.8, mcv 74.6(l), mch 23.3(l), mchc 31.2(l), rdw 18.3(h), platelet count 426(h). would further investigation be advised?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your parameters are not a cause for concern, however the values suggest iron deficiency and you may wish to take oral iron and multivitamin supplements. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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