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I get cold and I have had my blood tested and have a low red blood cell count. What kind of problems cause this thing and what test do I need to have?

I get cold and I have had my blood tested and have a low red blood cell count. What kind of problems cause this thing and what test do I need to have?

Anemia: There are many ways to become anemic. May not makeenouh blod, may be destroying blood or bloo could be getting destroyed. Need to see youbphysician. M. ...Read more

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What does a high number of red blood cell count signify? My recent blood test came back and my red blood cell count is above the reference range. 7.64

What does a high number of red blood cell count signify? My recent blood test came back and my red blood cell count is above the reference range. 7.64

Not very significant: Slight increase in RBC's may be a compensatory reaction to blood loss either external from injury or internal like a bleeding ulcer. Excessive increase in RBC count can be due to bone marrow disease. Repeat the count after a few months and if it is still high consult a hematologist ...Read more

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Does CBC blood test include white and red blood cell count?

Does CBC blood test include white and red blood cell count?

It can,,,: CBC stands for Complete Blood Count, which includes platelet, white blood cell count, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. These last 2 values indicate the amount of blood in your body by concentration and percent of blood volume. A more thorough report can also show the size range and number of red cells along with a differential of the white cells. ...Read more

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My blood test show slightly high red blood cell count (5.78) they are smaller and carry slight less oxygen. What could this be? Told me not to worry

My blood test show slightly high red blood cell count (5.78) they are smaller and carry slight less oxygen. What could this be? Told me not to worry

Beta thalassemia tra: It may due to a benign disorder of hemoglobin synthesis, common underlying defect being a carrier state for beta thalassemia, or beta thalassemia trait. The advice to not worry is correct. You are not likely to cause any problems for children either, unless your partner also carries the same defect. ...Read more

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What could cause high protein and high red blood cell count in blood test?

What could cause high protein and high red blood cell count in blood test?

Many or none: It depends on the numbers and your general health, symptoms, and physical examination. Often a blood test that is just above or below the normal range is still normal. Talk to your medical provider about the tests. ...Read more

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Blood test results show lymphocytes at 46 when normal is 20-40. Everything else (white and red blood cell count normal). Should I be worried?

Blood test results show lymphocytes at 46 when normal is 20-40. Everything else (white and red blood cell count normal). Should I be worried?

Lymphocytes: There is always some variation in counts, what is "normal" is what falls within the 95% confidence interval of average. So some "normals" will fall above or below the range. Would not worry if no symptoms, no atypical lymphocytes, may consider repeating in 2-3 months to get the pattern. Follow up and discuss with your doctor as well. ...Read more

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Low red blood cell count, high platelets and high MCH on lab test. What can it mean?

Low red blood cell count, high platelets and high MCH on lab test. What can it mean?

Depends: It depends upon how abnormal the counts are. Laboratory normals are set at the laboratory level and do not indicate normal for everyone. Values slightly outside the range may be completely normal for you and not for another person. This is where your doctor uses their experience and personal knowledge of your case. ...Read more

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Tsh 5.4, T4 7.6 plus low red blood cell count, high ldl, hdl, vldl & triglycerides r high. What other test can tell me what caused my thyroid to stop?

Tsh 5.4, T4 7.6 plus low red blood cell count, high ldl, hdl, vldl & triglycerides r high. What other test can tell me what caused my thyroid to stop?

It doesn't matter: A test of antithyroid antibodies may suggest that thyroiditis caused your decline in thyroid level, but it doesn't matter since the appropriate therapy is brand name T4 replacement, no matter what the cause. Also, your minimal level of thyroid deficiency is insufficient to cause you lipid abnormalities. Look for other causes, such as genetics, weight, diet, inactivity, etc. ...Read more

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I recently did a blood test and my White blood cell count was 3.6 and my red blood cell was 5.22 and my mch was 26.4, should I be alarmed?

I recently did a blood test and my White blood cell count was 3.6 and my red blood cell was 5.22 and my mch was 26.4, should I be alarmed?

No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, there is nothing to be alarmed about your results.
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What is a red blood cell count?

What is a red blood cell count?

RBC count: Is blood test where blood is drawn to measure the number, size, shape, etc. Of red blood cells in the blood, to detect changes in count or morphology of the cells to diagnose things like anemia. ...Read more

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What is normal red blood cell count?

What is normal red blood cell count?

Hemoglobin 12-16: There is more than one way to measure red cells. The most meaningful is hemogllbin level, and should be 11.5 - 15 or so in a woman, and 13.7 - 16.7 in men. The actual range varies with each lab and instrument used to measure. An older way of measuring, hematocrit is about 3 times the hemoglobin. The actual red cell count is usually 5, 000, 000, but doesn't carry as much information as hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What can cause a low red blood cell count?

Anemia can be due to: Low red blood count is best measured as hemoglobin (hb) level. Normal hb level is over 12 grams. If yours is below 12 grams, go see your doctor as you will need to get some additional blood tests done, like checking your blood iron levels. The commonest cause of low red count is iron defiiciency (in women particulalrly). ...Read more

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Reasons for elevated red blood cell count ?

Below: Your body may increase red blood cell production to compensate for any condition that results in low oxygen levels, including:
Congenital heart disease in adults
Heart failure
•A condition present at birth that reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells (hemoglobinopathy)
•High altitudes
•COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseases
•Pulmonary fibrosis
Sleep apnea
Nicotine dependence (smoking)

Performance-enhancing drugs

Certain drugs stimulate the production of red blood cells, including:
Anabolic steroids
•Blood doping (transfusion)
•Injections of a protein (erythropoietin) that enhances red blood cell production

Increased red blood cell concentration
Dehydration (If the liquid component of the blood (plasma) is decreased, as in dehydration, the red blood cell count increases. This is due to the red blood cells becoming more concentrated. The actual number of red blood cells stays the same.)

Kidney disease

Rarely, in some kidney cancers and sometimes after kidney transplants, the kidneys might produce too much erythropoietin. This enhances red blood cell production.

Bone marrow overproduction
Polycythemia vera
•Other myeloproliferative disorders ...Read more

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What does a high red blood cell count mean?

How high?: Thalassemia may be associated with high RBC count to make up for the small size of RBCs. For polycythemia, you may consult this site: http://www. Medicinenet. Com/polycythemia_high_red_blood_cell_count/article. Htm ...Read more

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What could a low red blood cell count indicate?

What could a low red blood cell count indicate?

Many causes: Chronic blood loss in menstrual blood, abnormal bleeding in intestine, nutritional, deficiencies, especially iron; lead poisoning, thalassemia, leukemia, hemolytic anemia etc.
If you have low red blood count it should be investigated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the normal red blood cell count usually?

Ask your doc: It should be right on the lab test - what the normal intervals are. ...Read more

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Why would my red blood cell count be high and low?

Why would my red blood cell count be high and low?

Anemia or polycythem: Many conditions that cause anemia can cause your red cells to go low including blood loss, blood destruction and overproduction. Excess red cells can result from chronic hypnotic states and various forms of polycythemias. ...Read more

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What would causes my red blood cell count to fall?

What would causes my red blood cell count to fall?

Anemia: Causes of anemia can be classified as ;
1. Impaired rbc production, such as iron or Folic Acid deficiency or aplastic anemia.
2. Increase rbc destruction, such as sickle cell anemia.
3. Blood loss, such as trauma or surgery or bleeding.
4. Fluid overload, such as pregnancy, excess sodium or fluids. ...Read more

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How can I raise both white and red blood cell count?

How can I raise both white and red blood cell count?

Depends on chemo: If problem related to diet then use of iron products may help or change in diet. Effect of chemo reduces both RBC and WBC. The RBC can be increased using erythropoietin and the WBC by adding Neupogen but if chemo high the drugs may only moderate extent of fall. Otherwise they can help restore marrow replacement of WBC and RBC. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my abnormal red blood cell count?

What is it?: You need to tell us the level of your hemoglobin (hb). Then we can help youi to interpret it depending on if it is high or low. ...Read more

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How to lower red blood cell count, my numbers are 5.32?

How to lower red blood cell count, my numbers are 5.32?

Depends on reason: The reason for the level is important. A therapeutic blood draw can be done but before you do anything see you medical provider. ...Read more

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What might affect the results of a red blood cell count?

What might affect the results of a red blood cell count?

Many things: A low rbc count is anemia, and causes include nutritional deficiencies (iron, b12, folic acid), bleeding, chronic illnesses of various kinds, malignancies, and primary bone marrow diseases to name a few. High rbc counts (polycythemia), can occur if there is a lack of oxygen in the blood (lung disease, sleep apnea, smoking for example) or with a blood disorder that causes too many rbcs to be made. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of low red blood cell count?

What are some possible causes of low red blood cell count?

Anemia: Anemia is term used for low red blood cells or low hemoglobin. Acute anemia can be due to blood loss due to any cause. Chronic anemia due to slow blood loss, like menstrual loss, peptic ulcer disease, iron, b12, folate (folic acid) deficiencies, hypothyroidism, chemotherapy, drugs etc. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that increase red blood cell count?

Are there certain foods that increase red blood cell count?

Yes: Foods that are high in iron and vitamin b12. These include red meats and dark green leafy vegetables (kale, collard greens, etc). ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a normal white and red blood cell count?

Anyone know what is a normal white and red blood cell count?

Can not be high&low: Your red blood cell can not be high and low at the same time. Normal values for males 4.7to6.1 millions/mcl and for women it is 4.2to5.7millions/mcl
causes of high rbcs1 cigarette smoking, 2dehydration3polycythemia vera4congenital heart disease5low blood oxygen level6kidney tumor7pulmonary fibrosis&corpulmonale
causes of low rbcs
1anemia2bone marrow failure3bleeding4leukemia&mm4iron, b12, and defecien. ...Read more

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Why might it be that I have an elevated red blood cell count?

Increase RBC count: Can be seen a condition called polycythmia vera. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of my abnormal red blood cell count?

More info needed: Without being more specific it is difficult to give you a cogent answer. Write back with more details. ...Read more

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What could it mean to have a really high red blood cell count?

What could it mean to have a really high red blood cell count?

Several causes...: Including lung diseases, polycythemia vera, certain, medications, and rarely, certain tumors. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have an abnormal red blood cell count?

Depends: It depends on the type of abnormality. Low counts, i.e., anemia may be due to nutritional deficiency, bleeding, hemolysis etc. High counts may be due to living at high altitude, heart and lung disease and tumors of red cell producing cells, e.g., polycythemia vera. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an extremely high red blood cell count?

What does it mean to have an extremely high red blood cell count?

"Polycythemia": May be secondary or primary.
If you are at high altitudes, smoke cigarettes or are very dehydrated, could be high.
Might need tests to see if you have a primary bone marrow problem like Polycythemia vera or chronic leukemia, ...Read more

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My granddad has an abnormal red blood cell count. What does this indicate?

My granddad has an abnormal red blood cell count. What does this indicate?

Low rbc: Either he is not making enough rbcs, or he is bleeding in GI track. Discuss with his Dr. If he gives you permission to talk to his Dr. Did he say it was OK to ask us here. If not you are violating medical confidentiality. Get Ok from him. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a high red blood cell count a sign of something serious?

I was wondering is a high red blood cell count a sign of something serious?

Possibly: It depends on how high the RBC is, whether you smoke, have emphysema, or live at high altitude (each can increase RBC). Is the WBC and platelet count also elevated? Do you have an enlarged spleen? Make an appointment to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean to have a really high red blood cell count?

Please explain what does it mean to have a really high red blood cell count?

Depends: It may be a reaction to increased oxygen demand or a form of malignancy of red cells. You may consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/polycythemia_high_red_blood_cell_count/article. Htm ...Read more

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Is there something that can cause my red blood cell count to fall as low as a 6?

Is this your Hemoglo: Red cell count runs into 4-5 million cell count range. If yours is 6...You probaly are talking about hemoglobin (hb) level. This is normally 12-14 grams. Anything less than 12 is called anemia. Anything below 10 grams will make you feel weak, and less than 8 grams requires a blood transfusion. So you should go see your doctor and find the cause which will require doing further tests. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small red blood cell count but everything else be normal?

What does it mean to have a small red blood cell count but everything else be normal?

Hgb and Hct: Don't worry about your red blood cell count if your hemoglobin and hematocrit are normal. Those are the tests we use to diagnose anemia. ...Read more