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What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

Small red cells: Your bone marrow makes lots of different types of cell. The red cells go thur a number of steps before they "graduate" You can think of small cells graduating too early. They are pushed out, most often because you are anemic. ...Read more

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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All my red blood cells have a biconcave shape. What does this mean?

All my red blood cells have a biconcave shape. What does this mean?

They are normal: Red blood cells are bi-concave disks. What you describe is their normal shape. The perfect shape for oxygen diffusion. ...Read more

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How could dehydration affect the size and the shape of red blood cells?

How could dehydration affect the size and the shape of red blood cells?

It doesn't: The individual red cells do not change shape when a patient is dehydrated. Their number will increase within the remaining fluids, such that the hematocrit will rise. ...Read more

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Red blood cells count 5.60 (4-5.20) MCV 68 (70-85) rdw, rbc19.8 (12_16.5) neutrophils 18 (24-62) lymphocytes 75 (31-65) and abnormal red blood cells morph?

Red blood cells count 5.60 (4-5.20) MCV 68 (70-85) rdw, rbc19.8 (12_16.5) neutrophils 18 (24-62) lymphocytes 75 (31-65) and abnormal red blood cells morph?

Polycythemia?: Are you a smoker? Your labs look like a patient with polycythemia. High hemoglobin, low mcv. The neutrophils and lymphocytes are abnormal. Missing information. What is the white blood cell count? Platelets? Smokers can have a polyclonal lymphocytosis. But need to see the whole cbc. ...Read more

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19 months has red blood cells count 5.60 (4-5.2). Mcv 68 (70-85), rdw, RBC 19.8 (12-16.5) neutrophils 18 (24-62) lymphocytes 75 (31-65) abnormal RBC morph?

19 months has red blood cells count 5.60 (4-5.2). Mcv 68 (70-85), rdw, RBC 19.8 (12-16.5) neutrophils 18 (24-62) lymphocytes 75 (31-65) abnormal RBC morph?

Likely iron def.: There are several abnormalities, your red count is relatively normal but the cells are borderline small, with a large variation in the sizes of red cells, indicating a possible mixed picture. You have a large number of lymphocytes with relatively low granulocytic white cells, which sometimes indicates a viral infection. Iron studies might be useful, and a lost art would be to look at the slide. ...Read more

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Low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts?

Low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts?

Means nothing alone: In isolation from the patient story, lab tests mean nothing. This is especially true since we have no actual numbers. The low MCV and high rbc would make any physician think of a thalassemia, but it would be criminal to speculate further without knowing more about the person. If this is a you or a family member, you have a right and a duty to request your doctor's thoughts, or get consultation. ...Read more

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What does having low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts mean?

What does having low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts mean?

Thalassemia?: Low MCV (small sized) red cells with increased number of rbcs is most commonly seen with thalassemia, an inherited hemoglobin abnormality, but it is not associated with low neutrophils. Not all low neutrophil counts are significant, as normal varies with ethnic background. Infections can cause temporary low neutrophils. See a hematologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What part (s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

What part (s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usually it is because of increased thickness of blood (viscosity). ...Read more

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What rebuilds red blood cells?

Erythropoietin: Erythropoietin stimulates the production of red blood cells. There are many conditions that can cause erythropoietin levels to increase or it may be given as a medicine. ...Read more

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Where are red blood cells produced?

Where are red blood cells produced?

Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produced in other organs such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What does high red blood cells mean?

What does high red blood cells mean?

A lot: Could mean dehydration, sometimes can signify a myeloproliferative disorder. Also if the hemoglobin is low and the rbcs are high, could mean there is a blood disorder called thalassemia. Either way, it should be evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What do broken red blood cells mean?

Brken RBC- Hemolysis: Hemolysis is a breakdown of red blood cells early than normal (usually happens to all red cells after 100 days). Causes can be from immune system, mechanical (i.e. Mechanical heart valve), or certain infections. Treatment is both replaceing key nutreints needed for red cells (i.e. Folic acid) and treating the underlying cause of red cell destruction. ...Read more

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What do low red blood cells signify?

Anemia: Low red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (Hgb), and hematocrit (Hct) all measure the amount of RBCs in your blood. Low numbers mean there are too few. This can cause fatigue or weakness depending on the level. Go over your lab tests with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause red blood cells to die?

What can cause red blood cells to die?

Old age: Red cells have a limited life span of only about 120 days. Some disorders shorten the life span of red cells, e.g., auto-immune hemolytic anemia, hemoglobin disorders like sickle cell disease, malaria, artificial valves, severe exercise etc.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What causes enlarge red blood cells?

What causes enlarge red blood cells?

Several: There are multiple causes of enlarged red blood cells, which is termed macrocytosis, and most of them are easily corrected. Two of the most common causes are deficiencies in vitamin B12 and folic acid, which are frequently associated with anemia, as well. However, there are also other important causes such as hypothyroidism, disorders of the bone marrow itself and some medications. ...Read more

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What does red blood cells in urin mean?

Not specific: Could be seen with a kidney stone, cancer, injury to the kidney tubules, and many other things. ...Read more

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What does elevated red blood cells mean?

What does elevated red blood cells mean?

More then normal: That is the opposite of anemia. which is low red blood cells. So you have TOO MUCH RBCs. That could be related to many causes, so of which could be very serious. Further testing needed. If you are a smoker... stop ...Read more

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What can you tell me about red blood cells?

What can you tell me about red blood cells?

Carry O 2: Erythrocytes, (RBCs), transport oxygen in the blood. Their shape is ideal for Increasing the surface area-to-volume ratio About 33% of their weight is due to hemoglobin. The Hgb molecule is a complex protein that contains four atoms of iron and can bind to oxygen by diffusion with the potential to transport one billion molecules of O2 per each RBC ...Read more