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At what hemoglobin level will I need a transfusion?

At what hemoglobin level will I need a transfusion?

No definite level: This is a complex question. We would need to know what is the patient's problem. If there is no immediate surgical issue, then transfusions are given if there are symptoms like chest pain. If there is blood loss during surgery, then indications are different. At our hospital, the medical staff has said there should be no transfusions unless the hemoglobin less than 8 gm/dl. ...Read more

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Is it normal for hemoglobin level to drop again 2 weeks after blood transfusion?

Is it normal for hemoglobin level to drop again 2 weeks after blood transfusion?

No: Why was blood transfusion given? The reason for the initial drop in hemoglobin may still be present. ...Read more

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A couple weeks ago my hemoglobin level was a 4.9. Is that really bad? I had to get 4 blood transfusions for it.

Hemoglobin: A level of 4.9 is extremely low and would usually cause significant symptoms. Hopefully the cause of your severe anemia has been addressed. ...Read more

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How long could it take for my hemoglobin level to return to its pre-surgical range if I receive a transfusion? If I didn't?

How long could it take for my hemoglobin level to return to its pre-surgical range if I receive a transfusion? If I didn't?

6-12 weeks: There are a number of variables here. First, how low was your hemoglobin when you started? Second, if you received a transfusion, what was your hemoglobin after? It takes about 90 days to cycle through your blood supply, so after 3 months, you should be back to your baseline. ...Read more

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I am on Actermra for Scleritis and have 10 for my hemoglobin level, is that too low to do next infusion and when too low and need transfusion?

Hemoglobin level: Most centers will not transfuse a stable non bleeding patient with a hemoglobin over 7. Speak with your doctor if you are having symptoms due to anemia. I know Acterma can cause decreased platelets and WBC but I did not know it caused anemia too. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a 22 year old female and I already had a blood transfusion because of my very low hemoglobin... What should I do to keep my hemoglobin level up?

I'm a 22 year old female and I already had a blood transfusion because of my very low hemoglobin... What should I do to keep my hemoglobin level up?

More info needed: You must have a talk with your physician to find out why you have low hemoglobin---excess menstrual bleeding? Blood in bowel movements? Nosebleeds? Well-rounded diet? Medications? Good luck. ...Read more

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What does a 6.4 hemoglobin level mean?

What does a 6.4 hemoglobin level mean?

Blood loss: When Hgb drops below 10 gm one has to be suspicious of blood loss but can be corrected by meds such as ProCrit (epoetin alfa). When Hgb is in the 8 gm. Range transfusion necessary to bring to over 12. At 6.4 transfusion and work up for blood loss required. Can be vaginal from uterine lesion, GI from ulcer or tumor but this must be defined and corrected. Depending on symptoms appropriate physician needed. ...Read more

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What do you need to do if your hemoglobin level is a 9?

What do you need to do if your hemoglobin level is a 9?

Find the reason. ...: Your doctor could investigate the underlying cause of your anemia... At age 37, iron deficiency is more common. Subsequently, appropriate treatment could be offered. In case of iron deficiency, iron tablets or intravenous iron could be prescribed. Hgb is not low enough to transfuse. Would avoid transfusions if the underlying cause could be treated. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER if my hemoglobin level is 7.5?

Should I go to the ER if my hemoglobin level is 7.5?

Go to ER.: Yes please, go to ER right away. You need to be evaluated to find out what is the cause of your anemia and also possibly need a blood transfusion. ...Read more

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What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

What is considered a low hemoglobin level in pregnancy?

Thanks for asking!: Pregnant women with hemoglobin levels below 11.0 g/dl are generally considered anemic, though complications and symptoms from anemia during pregnancy do not usually occur until hemoglobin levels are well below 11.0 g/dl. ...Read more

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What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6?

What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6?

Anemia: You have anemia. What is mcv. Most likely anemia is from blood loss and indicates iron deficiency. Can get reticulocyte count checked. Most common cause in you may be heavy menstrual flow. If that is not the case will worry about blood loss from gut and will advise check up. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a maximum level of hemoglobin level allowed for donating blood?

Is there such thing as a maximum level of hemoglobin level allowed for donating blood?

Possibly: If your hemoglobin is too high, ie greater than 17 grams/dl, the blood bank may be concerned that the person may have a chronic myeloprolferative disease. This is rare however and can be easily ruled out. Other causes include copd, high altitudes, low oxygenation, testosterone therapy, etc. In those cases, giving blood is therapeutic. ...Read more

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My nephew is 3 years old and has a bad dry cough and a 9.4 hemoglobin level. Are these related?

My nephew is 3 years old and has a bad dry cough and a 9.4 hemoglobin level. Are these related?

Not related: The hemoglobin test only relates to people with long term cough problems like COPD etc. If your child has been health otherwise, the hemoglobin is not significant and unrelated. The cough should last as long as a week if it is caused by a virus. Longer than that you should see your child's doctor. ...Read more

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What are good ways to boost hemoglobin level for patient suffering from end stage renal failure?

What are good ways to boost hemoglobin level for patient suffering from end stage renal failure?

Anemia and ESRD: This patient must be on dialysis. At his dialysis center, he should be receiving Epogen (epoetin alfa) to increase the hb level. There are some people that have a problem with EPO and do not raise their hb level, due to anti-epo antibodies and is rare. Other causes of no increase of hb levels are blood loss from the GI tract, hemolysis and high parathyroid hormone levels. Ask the patient's nephrologist about it. ...Read more

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Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not, during very early time)?

Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not, during very early time)?

Hemoglobin level: Hemoglobin level simply help detect anemia. Anemia can have many cause such as iron def anemia, B12 def anemia, etc. Pregnancy also associated with low hemoglobin level due to sharing of blood between mom and the baby. Pregnancy testing by blood is the standard test for confirming pregnancy. So a very low hemoglobin level cannot accurately predict pregnancy. ...Read more

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My Hemoglobin level was 11.3 and my hematocrit was 34.6 everything else was normal my question is does this mean I have lymphoma I'm so scared?

My Hemoglobin level was 11.3 and my hematocrit was 34.6 everything else was normal my question is does this mean I have lymphoma I'm so scared?

Borderline: These values are borderline low but are not unusual in menstruating females who may be low in iron stores. Unless these levels have dropped significantly from several months ago, I would simply start taking daily iron to make up for monthly blood loss. However your physician is best to advise you about this and when to take another blood count. Not lymphoma. ...Read more

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Got high level of hb & doctor advised me to repeat the fbc test in april2014 again. Now I got 17.6% hemoglobin level wht food u recommend, names plz?

Got high level of hb & doctor advised me to repeat the fbc test in april2014 again. Now I got 17.6% hemoglobin level wht food u recommend, names plz?

A little high: Forget diet as an approach. I am going to assume that you are not taking unknown "health" drinks at the gym -- these may be steroid-laced. Trust you weren't dried out from heavy sweating when CBC done, or mountain-dweller. You'll need to be evaluated for a possible right-to-left cardiac shunt, sleep apnea (would hate to miss that) or some other lung problem, a high-affinity hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Is checking hemoglobin level without a blood test or any machine possible? If yes, how? I would like to have an answer today or at least by tomorrow.

Is checking hemoglobin level without a blood test or any machine possible? If yes, how? I would like to have an answer today or at least by tomorrow.

Not reliably: If someone is claiming to do this without any apparatus, or by a psychic pendulum or "applied kinesioogy" or something that looks hokey, be skeptical and consider making a report to the local prosecutor. ...Read more

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What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6 my MCV level is 85?

What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6 my MCV level is 85?

Anemia: Microcytic anemia (low mcv) with a high RDW (cells very a lot in size) is most likely associated with anemia from loss of red blood cells. The increased RDW is likely from reticulocytes or new rbc that the body is producing. A full of valuation for this should be done. ...Read more

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What cases hemoglobin level of 10.9 hematocrit levels of 33.9 and RDW level of 15.6 my MCV level is 85?

Variety of things.: This is not enough info to be sure, but looks like you have a mild iron deficiency anemia. This is understandable in a menstruating female. Could also be a more complex anemia with underlying thalassemia. Would need to see iron and ferritin and old blood counts to be sure. ...Read more

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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Let explain: Low hemoglobin count isn't always a sign of illness — it may be normal for some people. Women who are pregnant commonly experience low hemoglobin counts.
Diseases and conditions that cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal include: aplastic anemia and others.
Diseases and conditions that cause your body to destroy red blood cells faster than they can be made:enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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What can cause low hemoglobin level?

What can cause low hemoglobin level?

Variable: There are many. Low iron, b12, Folic Acid etc. Depends on your cbc. ...Read more

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Is a 98 hemoglobin level considered normal?

Is a 98 hemoglobin level considered normal?

Need units: If the result is 98gm/l, it is low.
The normal ranges are:
male: 13.8 to 17.2 gm/dl
female: 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl
see this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003645.htm. ...Read more