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I had a blood work up recently and found that I am very anemic and that I have both small and large red blood cells, what does this mean?

I had a blood work up recently and found that I am very anemic and that I have both small and large red blood cells, what does this mean?

Poor nutrition: 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, it appears that you may be deficient in iron, folic acid and/or B12. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for the proper treatment. In the meantime you could start taking oral iron supplements and multivitamin with B12. ...Read more

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What causes red blood cells to become larger than normal?

What causes red blood cells to become larger than normal?

Quite a few things: Vitamin deficiencies (folate (folic acid) or b12), medications, inefficient blood cell production (myelodysplasia) to name a few. If the macrocytosis is significant a work up by a hematologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have abnormally small red blood cells?

What does it mean when you have abnormally small red blood cells?

Microcytosis causes: Abnormally small red cells may be due to a number of reasons that include acquired or hereditary disorders of the main protein found in red cells-called hemoglobin. The most common causes inlclude iron deficiency, anemia of chronic disease and rarer forms such as sideroblastic anemias and thallasemias. If you or someone you know has this result in CBC, plase consult your MD ,a hematologist now. ...Read more

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I have been told by a few doctors that my red blood cells are large what is the cause? I've have not been given an answe r

I have been told by a few doctors that my red blood cells are large what is the cause?    I've have not been given an answe  r

Macrocytosis: Large red cells, measured by the MCV or mean corpuscular volume, are most commonly caused by drinking alcohol, an underactive thyroid, certain medications, viyamin B12 orfolate deficiency, an excess of new red blood cells (reticulocytosis), or bone marrow disorders such as myelodysplastic syndrome. A hematologist can make the diagnosis easily but may need to perform a bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have big red blood cells, but my iron is fine... What does this mean?

My doctor says I have big red blood cells, but my iron is fine... What does this mean?

Macrocytosis: Large red cells, or macrocytosis, can be due to vitamin deficiencies (b12, folate, (folic acid) thiamine), alcohol use, an underactive thyroid, liver disease, excessive production of new red blood cells (reticulocytosis), and bone marrow disorders such as myelodysplastic syndrome. Some people are born with big red cells. Please see a hematologist so that the correct diagnosis can be made. ...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