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A 17-year-old male asked:

Chronic osteomylitis, bone marrow biopsy normal, jak-2 mutation negative, erythropoitin level normal, s.ferritin level 5 but hb.17.8.what is its reason ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Many possibilities: Your question is why your hemoglobin is at the top-of-normal (or maybe a tiny bit above) for a person of your age and gender. I'm much, much more concerned about your chronic osteomyelitis. I'd consider a right-to-left cardiac shunt, osler-weber-rendu lung shunt, sleep apnea, high-affinity hemoglobin, an obscure mutation. It's not dangerous in itself & could "just be you.".
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
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Here's a heads up -- many young men who are focused on physical fitness may get "health drinks" where they exercise. You don't really know what's in them. If this describes you and someone has spiked them with anabolic steroids (and this happens, believe me), this could account for a new high hemoglobin, especially if you've been feeling a little different.
May 2, 2013
Last updated May 2, 2013
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