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Blood Cells (Overview)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red blood cells carry oxygen.


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What do these blood cells do?

What do these blood cells do?

Fight infection: They do many things. The granulocytes are the first line of defense and fight infection. The red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the entire body and the platelets help blood clot and repair leaks that often occur in blood vessels. All 3 cell lines originate in the bone marrow and enter the blood stream when they are mature. ...Read more

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Blood Cells (Overview)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red blood cells carry oxygen.


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What can cause abnormal blood cells?

What can cause abnormal blood cells?

Which ones?: Are you referring to white cells, any certain subsets, red cells or all of the above? ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your blood cells are too high?

Find out actual numb: We/ you need to know the exact numbers before we can guide you. Your doctor can help explain what it all means. So ask him/her. ...Read more

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Got a blood test a while back. She said i'm not producing enough blood cells. How do I fix that?

Got a blood test a while back. She said i'm not producing enough blood cells. How do I fix that?

Anemia: Anemia is a condition where you do not have enough red blood cells. I am assuming your doctor did some tests to figure out why you are not producing these cells? If you have some form of bleeding (menstrual or otherwise) you may be losing them. If not, it is probably due to poor diet, low intake of iron rich foods such as meats, spinach, beans, etc. Follow closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to remake blood cells after an episode of blood loss?

120 days: Life span of the average red blood cell is 120 days or three months. So it takes this amount of time to regenerate or replace blood that has been lost as a result of trauma, surgery, and or donation. ...Read more

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What can cause your blood cells to drop from 214 to 145 where you pregant?

What can cause your blood cells to drop from 214 to 145 where you pregant?

Pregnancy and CBC: It is common for blood counts to drop during the later phases of pregnancy. As the pregnant woman retains more fluid, the blood cells get diluted to varying extents. It the counts are lower than the OB likes, they will often refer the patient to a hematologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How are blood cells counted in a hematology report?

How are blood cells counted in a hematology report?

Usually automated: Blood cells are counted electromechanically as each blood cell is passed thru a really small Loop that acts as counter of number and size in one way.Another way is counting by laser reflections and in both,computers figure what type. The smallest are platelets, followed by red cells,and largest are all types of blood cells. In manual counting, a pathologist IDs blood cells microscopically ...Read more

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With sphere shaped blood cells, is there a surgery or procedure to correct it?

With sphere shaped blood cells, is there a surgery or procedure to correct it?

No: Spherocytosis is a condition characterized by rigidity of the red blood cells that are destroyed faster than in normal individuals. It may be acquired or hereditary, but the treatment is mostly supportive. In advanced cases the spleen may be removed or the gallbladder for symptomatic gallstones. ...Read more

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My son is 7 and on his well visit blood test showed that he produces enough blood cells but the cells are small? What does that mean and effects?

Mine are too: No danger. Mine run at the bottom of the reference range; since i'm of mixed racial heritage it may be a mild Alpha thal, or just because i've been a frequent blood donor. Some physicians would run a serum iron check to screen for iron deficiency that hasn't led to anemia yet. If below 70 fl, perhaps this is thal minor -- do you or dad have this? If dr is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more

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How can I relate the Rh incompatibility to other blood cells?

How can I relate the Rh incompatibility to other blood cells?

Unclear question: It is not feasible to answer your question as there is no incompatibility between a person's red cells and other cells. ...Read more

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