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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

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What do low red blood cells signify?

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
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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

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Why might red blood cells be high in children?

Why might red blood cells be high in children?

See below: Partially because they adapted to grow inside of the womb in hypoxic environment. But there are many other reasons, such as shorter life span of the red blood cells compare to adults and more bone marrow production, it could be also dehydration, or living in high altitude or some other hematological problems. ...Read more

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How to determine osmolaritiy of red blood cells?

How to determine osmolaritiy of red blood cells?

No need: There is no medical need to determine the osmolarity of red cells. Osmotic fragility of the red cells is a test for spherocytosis. ...Read more

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When red blood cells are low, what should I eat?

When red blood cells are low, what should I eat?

Iron and meat: Blood in meat is similar to the hemoglobin yoru body needs to make red cells. ...Read more

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What are the indications of high red blood cells?

Let me help: Anabolic steroids, which stimulate red blood cell production carbon monoxide poisoning, congenital heart disease in adults, copd, dehydration, epo doping (injections of erythropoietin (epo) to enhance athletic performance), heart failure, hemoglobinopathies (conditions present at birth that impair the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells) and others. Please read below link. ...Read more

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Do red blood cells give human blood its red color?

Do red blood cells give human blood its red color?

Yes: Once the rbc's are removed, the remainder is serum- an amber colored liquid. ...Read more

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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

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What are the effects of low white and red blood cells?

What are the effects of low white and red blood cells?

Many: Low white cells or leukopenia predisposes to recurrent infections usually bacterial in nature. Low red cells causes anemia and secondary reduction in oxygenation. This can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure, . ...Read more

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What are the characteristics unique to red blood cells?

What are the characteristics unique to red blood cells?

No nuclei: Red cells do not have nuclei, have a biconcave shape and are bags of hemoglobin. Size is about 7 microns. 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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Which foods should I eat to produce more red blood cells?

Which foods should I eat to produce more red blood cells?

Good diet: In general, you should eat a good diet. That is rich in fruits and vegetables. Specific dietary needs and dietary supplements are not needed for most people unless their is a deficiency syndrome or there are specific medical issues -- eg diabetes, kidney failure, etc. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for a disorder of the red blood cells?

Depends: Low red cell mass is anemia. High red cell count is polycythemia. Variations in shape include: Eliptocytosis, poikilocytoosis, ovalocytosis, macrocytosis, microcytosis, sickle cells disorder etc. ...Read more

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What will happens when the level of red blood cells in my body increased?

Hard to say without: The clinical context. Is it the rbc or the hemoglobin/hematocrit. Hgb/hct would lead to think dehydration or potentially a primary blood disease (unlikley in a young woman). If it is the rbc and the MCV is low could think about thalessemia trait. ...Read more

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Is human blood the color red because of the high number of red blood cells?

Is human blood the color red because of the high number of red blood cells?

Yes: Yes, and because red blood cells contain hemoglobin. Each hemoglobin molecule contains iron - red. ...Read more

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