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A 60-year-old member asked:

I've developed high red blood cells (5.18) high hematocrit (45) & high rdw (16.4). could this be related to taking iron? i had ulcerative colitis and bled for 3 months. iron & ferritin now low normal, but uibc high (381), saturation low (14).

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Dr. Chau Nguyen
Internal Medicine 5 years experience
Yes: Your iron study so far signifies improving and/or recovery of iron storage, but not there yet. Your RDW says that you are cranking out my blood cells, thus making it looks like having more varieties of RBC sizes (old and new ones). Your hematocrit is a concentration measure, so if you are dehydrated, it could increase.

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