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Abnormal Red Blood Cell Morphology
Many possibilities: RBC morphology is the appearance of the red cells under the microscope. The are numerous abnormalities that can occur in different types of illness. Some of these may be due to a primary blood disorder such as sickle cell anemia. Others may be due abnormalities such as iron deficiency. Others may occur as a result of other diseases such as kidney failure. Some are of no consequence. ...Read more
As used in pathology, this is the abnormal shapes and arrangements of organs, tissues, cells, and components of cells that enable the diagnosis of disease and help to understand its impact. Some diseases involve only abnormal function of normal-appearing parts and thus ...Read more
Many things: A not so specific term that could mean low count, pale in color or lacking iron or hemoglobin, irregular instead of round shape, etc. Often in CBC, we see red cell count and indices: RBC, Hemoglobin, mean cell volume, mean cell hemoglobin with a normal range compared to a patient. Abnormal red blood cell may mean low or high in any of indices. In blood smear, these abnormalities are seen too. ...Read more
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
More info needed: Without being more specific it is difficult to give you a cogent answer. Write back with more details. ...Read more
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
Will I die if I have an abnormal red blood cell count & tested positive for the anti-nuclear antibody?
Not of this: You need to work with your physician to find the cause of your anemia. Up to a quarter of adults are ANA-positive; even high-titer folks often don't have trouble from it. Usually the cause of the anemia can be found and treated. Plan your life as if you'll have a normal span, and pack whatever amount you get with warmth and meaningful fun. ...Read more
Reproduction: Normal cell have a negative for reproduction while abnormal cell have no feedback and reproduce freely ...Read more
.What do white and red blood cell blood tests look for? Mine came back normal, I was just wondering what abnormal tests could mean. Cancer etc.. ..
Anemia etc: A CBC measures numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. If you have low red blood cells, you have anemia. This can indicate chronic bleeding, nutritional deficits, hormone or bone marrow problems. White blood cells are abnormally high with certain infections and leukemia. It's good your test came back normal. Your dizziness isn't from anemia! ...Read more
I have a low red blood cell count & my periods have been irregular for 2 years. What does this mean?
Cbc shows I'm anemic. Red blood cell morphology showed platelets- adequate, microcytes 1+, polychromasia 1+. What do those results mean?
Nothing alone: I'd think first of iron deficiency but it's not going to reveal the actual cause of your anemia -- which must be found. As a pathologist and lab specialist, I'm constantly reminding people that the results are useful only in the clinical context. Your physician will look at your diet, possible reasons for blood loss, your past & maybe family history and more. Stay proactive. ...Read more
Cbc showed I'm anemic. Had a red blood cell morphology done which showed platelets- adequate, microcytes 1+, polychromasia 1+. What does that mean?
Part of anemia: Polychromasia means lots of immature red blood cells in the blood stream. When red blood cells don't have enough nutrients they can be smaller (microcyte) or bigger (macrocyte) than usual. Microcytes + anemia is usually due to iron deficiency. Polychromasia means lots of immature red blood cells are in the blood. It's a a normal response to anemia due to the bone marrow revving up production. ...Read more
Many: 1/3 the field of hematology is devoted to RBC disorders (the other 2/3 is platelets and wbc's). The most common disorder is anemia which may be caused by a large variety of conditions. One could have the opposite disorder of too many red blood cells and this is known as erythrocytosis. One could have red cells that are filled with unusual hemoglobin such as the thalassemias. ...Read more
For function: The purpose of the RBC is to transport oxygen via the hemoglobin/Fe molecule. In order to optimize the amount of hemoglobin present the cell is devoid of a nucleus and cytoplasmic components. This allows the maximum number of oxygen molecules to be present in each RBC. The cell has the other job of being able to circulate via the microvessels to deliver the O2. Its disc shape provides entry. ...Read more
Not much: This test is of limited value. All you need to know is that your hemoglobin (hb) is normal...That is all you need to worry about the red blood cells. If the hb is low, then you need to have your doctor find the cause and treat it. ...Read more
Stop worrying: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If your hemoglobin is low-ish and your red cells quite small, you may have thal minor, which is important to know if your spouse also has it. Best wishes. ...Read more
Lab test showed: red blood cell: 5.47 10e6/ul hemog: 14.4 g/dl hematroc: 43.20% mcv: 78.9fl mch: 26.3 pg mchc: 33.3 g/dl rdw: 10.9% is these ok? I'm 26
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
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
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
•A condition present at birth that reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells (hemoglobinopathy)
•COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseases
•Nicotine dependence (smoking)
Certain drugs stimulate the production of red blood cells, including:
•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.)
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
•Other myeloproliferative disorders ...Read more