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Causes Of Large Red Blood Cells
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
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
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
Multiple reasons: Macrocytosis (larger than normal red blood cells) can have multiple causes including: vitamin b-12/folate deficiency, myelodysplastic syndromes, aplastic anemia, alcoholism, leukemia, vitamin c deficiency, vitamin e deficiency, certain medications (chemotherapy), chronic infections, genetic disorders, liver disease, splenectomy, thyroid disorders, hemorrhage, hemolytic anemia, malaria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My blood test showed i had elevated/high red blood cells than normal. What can be the cause and can it be a health hazard?
Need more info: How elevated? Do you smoke? Have a respiratory or cardiac disease? See this site of more information and discuss the matter with your doctor. http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/clinical+and+interpretive/84160. ...Read more
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