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My MCV is 85 but my RDW is 15.3 what could be the cause for my high RDW.

My  MCV is 85 but my RDW is 15.3 what could be the cause for my high RDW.

Not abnormally high: Your RDW is not abnormally high. What is your hemoglobin? See this site for normal CBC. RDW is an esoteric parameter and not worth worrying about. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003642.htm ...Read more

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What causes ongoing low lymphs, low mchc and high rdw?

What causes ongoing low lymphs, low mchc and high rdw?

Hematology: If the red cell,total white blood cell and platelet counts, as well as the MCV and MCH are all normal, the low MCHC and high RDW may not be significant or diagnostic. Low lymphocytes combined with high neutrophils can be seen in certain infections, use of corticosteroids, or in blood dyscrasias. However this question can be better answered by your MD(who knows your results) or a hematologist ...Read more

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Normal mcv but high rdw what are the risk and causes? And can it be regulated back to normal?

Normal mcv but high rdw what are the risk and causes? And can it be regulated back to normal?

Don't Rx a lab: Early iron deficiency often does this, but remember that lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Especially, don't get all worried about trying to adjust a lab value back into reference range; something is always outside. ...Read more

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What causes my MCV to be low and RDW to be high? And how to prevent it?

What causes my  MCV to be low and RDW to be high? And how to prevent it?

Iron supplements: Low MCV points to iron deficiency. High RDW points to the body making blood cells at a higher rate than normal. An iron supplement might be a good idea, be it from a pill, diet or both. However, you need to check with the doc who ordered these tests to make sure there isn't something else going on. ...Read more

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What causes high RDW 20.7, low MCH 24.8, low MCHC 29.2, and low Hemoglobin 10.8?

What causes high RDW 20.7, low MCH 24.8, low MCHC 29.2,  and low  Hemoglobin 10.8?

Anemia ???: You haven't supplied all of the info. If he comes from around the Mediterranean ask him about thalassemia. Otherwise go see a doc or hematologist. ...Read more

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What causes high lym% low mpv and rdw.

What causes high lym% low mpv and rdw.

Please elaborate: Can you send your entire blood count and something about your health? This would be very helpful. ...Read more

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Been supplementing with B12: its now at 1430 but MCH is still high and RDW is still low! Other causes for this??

Been supplementing with B12: its now at 1430 but MCH is still high and RDW is still low! Other causes for this??

Okay: Low RDW means nothing. Reference ranges arbitrarily exclude several percent of healthies on either end. MCH isn't a value worth following. Having a check for folic acid may be worthwhile, and you may have a cold agglutinin that causes two or more red cells to be counted as one (that would tend to raise RDW though). Thyroid okay? You're not a drinker I trust. Reticulocyte count normal? ...Read more

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What could cause high mch, high mcv, low rdw, low B12 and high iga??

What could cause high mch, high mcv, low rdw, low B12 and high iga??

Tapeworm: The High MCV and MCH would be expected with B12 deficiency as the RBC's are being discharge young from the bone marrow. Low RDW just tells you you have only one predominant population of RBCs (dark large ones) Elevated IgA can be caused by several conditions but a tapewor taking up residence in the terminal ilium would block the binding of intrinsic factor / B12 complex to its receptors. ...Read more

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Would polycythemia vera cause a low rdw?

Would polycythemia vera cause a low rdw?

Not that I know of.: The big changes of this are elevated rbc count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and decreased ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate). The elevations come without decrease in volume, and can be up to 70-80% for hematocrit, and 8-9 million rbc count. Changes in RDW may be from so many rbc's in the system, but even if they do occur, do not apparently have effect on prognosis or relevance to the cause of this. ...Read more