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Causes Of Low Hematocrit
How low?: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. If your peripheral smear is unremarkable and the MCV above 70, I'd forget the whole thing. My RDW is always high from donating blood. There are some variants of thalassemia minor that will produce this and puzzle people over a lifetime, though MCH is usually lowish. ...Read more
Of red blood cell number. Classically this was the "packed cell volume." blood was placed in a microtube and spun in a centrifuge. The rbcs settle to the bottom and one measures the height in the tube and reported as a percentage. Now determined by an automated machine. A typical hct is about 3 ...Read more
Medical illnesses: There are many medical conditions that can cause these things...In general, you have anemia, and abnormal liver function tests that need to be evaluated and treated depending on the results of why you are anemic and have elevated liver enzymes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD -Hematocrit: COPD typically either leaves hematocrit normal or increases it due to the severity of COPD causing low oxygen over the long run, making the red blood cells multiply to compensate for that. A low hematocrit is something seen either in several diagnoses of anemia or with old age along with other geriatric "disturbances". ...Read more
Rarely: If there are fractures of large bones like femur, there may be enough bleeding into the tissue to cause a fall in hemoglobin level. ...Read more
My friend has frequent headache.Does the low hematocrit causes such head aches? What are the possible causes?
Yes: Low hematocrit could definitely cause headaches. Your friend should find out the cause of the low hematocrit (is it iron deficiency or something else) and then treat that. There are lots of other causes of headache however. If treating the anemia doesn't help, your friend should see a doctor. One other simple treatment is to make sure your friend drinks enough water. Also, avoid sugar. ...Read more
I have a very low hematocrit and I work in a medical device they don't want my blood for testing cause my blood is like a water it leaks on the membrane and goes to the channel of our products.. I'm worried but I don't know what to do..?
Depend of the cause: Treatment for anemia ( low hemoglobin/hematocrit) has to be directed to the underlying cause/etiology of the anemia. Many things can cause anemia eg- bleeding, iron deficiency, deficiency in other nutrient, red blood cells destruction, drug induced, bone marrow failure, other red blood cells disorder etc. See you doctor and have further evaluation. If complicated- see a hematologist to help you. ...Read more
Erythrocytes 4.14 hematocrit 35.1 hemoglobin 11.7 any cause for concern? What can cause these low numbers? I am a male.
No sweat: Those numbers are still considered normal, albeit on the low end, perhaps. I wouldn't get too worked up. You can repeat them in 3-4 months if there's concern. Watch for changes in stool color or size. You could try an iron supplement, or just take in a better supply of red meats and dark green , leafy vegetables. Your doctor can guide you. Good luck. ...Read more
Anemia: A low hemoglobin or hematocrit means you have anemia. They are different ways to measure the red blood cells in your bloodstream. There are many causes for anemia but they fall into 3 categoreis: increased destruction, decreased production and blood loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How low?: 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 is likely that you are deficient in iron. However to cover other bases also, you should take oral iron supplement and a multivitamin pill daily for about a year. You may take more than one iron pill daily, take it with meals. ...Read more
Hematocrit low?: Organizations like the red cross, world health org., american medical asso., set standards concerning hematocrit requirement to give blood. A low hematocrit can have many causes. One of the commonest is iron deficiency anemia due to nutritional deficiencies and blood loss (menstruation). Increasing oral iron and decreasing blood loss usually raises the hematocrit. Treat all causes of anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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