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A 34-year-old female asked:

6 year old, cbc, rbc 4.15, hmg 11.9, htc 33.9, mcv 79, mch 27.7, mchc 35.1. is he anemic? if so, can you detect a deficiency or reason. thanks!

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Dr. Adam King
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 17 years experience
Yes: His blood counts are low, and it looks like there is a good chance he is iron deficient. Please follow-up with your pediatrician on what further testing might need to be done and how to return your child's blood counts back to normal.
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Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Mildly anemic: Numbers are consistent with quite mild anemia, likely due to iron deficiency. It is hard to know for sure without iron studies and other red blood cell indices. Trying to encourage him to increase iron rich foods (green leafy veggies, red meat, beans, lentils) and taking a multivit with iron could help. Rechecking in 1-2 months should show improvement, or he may need rx for iron, or not the cause.
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Last updated Sep 2, 2013

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