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A 42-year-old male asked:

How do u treat low hemoglobin(12.6)? is this anemia? take iron&if so how much? i read iron is no good 4 u. rbc: 4.17, hematocrit: 37.4, high rdw: 15.

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Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Results: 12.6 hemoglobin with a 37.4 hematocrit may be normal for you. This would depend on your prior results and your hemoglobin type--sickle trait patients may have these numbers and be perfectly fine. Is there any history of blood in stools or urine? Too much iron is not good, but appropriate doses for some conditions as recommended by your doctor would be helpful when prescribed. Good luck.
Last updated Oct 23, 2018


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