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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Low Hematocrit

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What could cause low MCV and high RDW but normal MCH, hemoglobin, and hematocrit for over a year?

What could cause low MCV and high RDW but normal MCH, hemoglobin, and hematocrit for over a year?

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

Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Hematocrit (Definition)

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


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What causes a low hematocrit, low hemoglobin, low mcv, and elevated liver enzymes?

What causes a low hematocrit, low hemoglobin, low mcv, and elevated liver enzymes?

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 more

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Can COPD cause low hematocrit?

Can COPD cause low hematocrit?

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

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Do broken bones cause low hematocrit level?

Do broken bones cause low hematocrit level?

Yes: Fractures can cause significant bleeding if there is involvement of blood producing bone marrow. It is usually restored in time with healing of the fracture and restoration of blood stores in a healthy patient. ...Read more

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Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

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

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Mean platelet volume 5.9 which is low. Hematocrit 45.2 slightly elevated. All other test within normal range. Any cause for concern?

No: But I am concerned that you infarcted some of your spleen, especially as a young woman. Please try to find out why -- and if it was atherosclerosis, do everything you can to keep this at bay. ...Read more

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My friend has frequent headache.Does the low hematocrit causes such head aches? What are the possible causes?

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

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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..?

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..?

See your doctor: I don't really know what you are describing. But if you have a really low hematocrit, the least of your problems are difficulty using your blood in testing your products. This means you are anemic and you need to find out why and fix it. See your doctor. ...Read more