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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

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What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

Anemia: There are many causes of persistant anemia( low hemoglobin).To identify the exact cause, and correct it, a detailed history, physical exam, and lab work is required. ...Read more

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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool), red blood cell instability (hemoglobinopathies), destruction (hemolysis), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (iron deficiency, for example), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Rarer causes include cancer. ...Read more

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Can hemoorrhoids cause low hemoglobin?

Can hemoorrhoids cause low hemoglobin?

Maybe: If you have bleeding, the hemoglobin can be lower because of bleeding. Please be seen! ...Read more

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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Unlikely: Unlikely acute leukemia, plz see a hematologist. Anemia has many causes at your age most common being iron deficiency. Acute leukemia without therapy is a fatal disease. ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

Low hemoglobin: Anemia may be caused by blood loss perhaps through GI bleeding or decreased blood production in bone marrow. Fatigue and shortness of breath are most common dymptoms. ...Read more

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What is the cause of having low hemoglobin and what is the treatment?

What is the cause of having low hemoglobin and what is the treatment?

Treatments dpend upo: Low blood can be due to either a leak in your body or a decrease in production activity. Think of the blood as the amount of water in a bath tub. The level of blood will decrease as you open the drain and while the faucet is shut down. For iron, low iron from frequent heavy cramps. Low B12 & folate (folic acid) due to poor nutrition. Go see your family doc regarding your concerns. ...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