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A 27-year-old female asked:

i have nausea, lightedness and body weakness. cbc came back with normal wbc high platelets high rbc low mcv low mch high rdw?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Discuss it: You didn't give the values, but if they're not way out-of-range, I'd check you for thalassemia minor. If you have it, it's worth knowing as marrying another person with it can be a disaster for your children. I can't explain the high platelets, though the common cause is coexisting iron deficiency which can complicate this stuff. Pure iron deficiency might show low RBC instead.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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Thanks for your kind words. You need to get this sorted out. One of my med students -- Scottish ancestry -- was amazed to learn in med school that he carried this "Greek" gene. It's actually quite common in most populations. Best wishes.
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