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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

Menstruation (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I have a high ESR (westergren) & c-reactive protein with low hematocrit. What could this mean?

I have a high ESR (westergren) & c-reactive protein with low hematocrit. What could this mean?

Inflammation?: The findings are strongly suggestive of inflammation, but do not point to a specific diagnosis. This needs to be followed up with a detailed history, physical exmaination and likely additional tests. ...Read more

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How can I treat a low hematocrit?

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

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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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Should a low hematocrit count be investigated further?

Absolutely: Not to do so would be malpractice. This is utterly basic and every competent physician will agree. ...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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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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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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High platelet count, low hematocrit/hemoglobin means?

High platelet count, low hematocrit/hemoglobin means?

First...: Consider iron deficiency. This often produces this combination. Unless you are a woman with very heavy periods, or a vegetarian who's not supplementing or savvy about the difficult task of getting enough dietary iron, look for how you might be losing blood. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin 106 low hematocrit, MCV, MCH low and RDW 18.4. Ferritin 7. Is the high RDW a concern. last b12 was 137?

Hemoglobin 106 low hematocrit, MCV, MCH low and RDW 18.4.  Ferritin 7.  Is the high RDW a concern.  last b12 was 137?

Nutrition: You seem to have more than one nutritional deficiency. It may be due to poor diet or malabsorption. It is imperative that you consult a doctor to ascertain the cause of the deficiencies and take appropriate medication. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Just got blood work results from being admitted 2 hospital. What does it mean to have low hematocrit with normal rbc? Hema (36.6 ) RBC (4.27)

Anemia: A low hematocrit is termed "anemia" which can have many causes - there are many other indices in your bloodwork needed for a proper interpretation. 36.6 is not a very low value so don`t be worried but ask your doctor :) ...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

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Through low hematocrit & hemoglobin. What is a likely diagnosis for the patient?

Several: Among others, thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, b-12 or Folic Acid deficiency, blood loss or iron deficiency. Also seen with anemia of chronic disease and other bone marrow issues. Need further workup. ...Read more

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What does low hemoglobin,low hematocrit,low much and high rdw mean? My labs have been like this for over a year

Anemia: Depending on other lab values you may have a B12 or folate (folic acid) deficiency as well, would need more info on your case. You are welcome to make a HealthTap Prime or Concierge appointment with me and we can review all the labs and your current medical history. Then I can give you a much better idea of what you are dealing with. ...Read more

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Erythrocytes 2+ & 6-20, another test was 21-50, specific gravity slightly low, hematocrit 35.9, eGFR 56.6, mucus rare, No symtoms, What does this mean

Blood in urine: I assume those Results are from your urinalysis. You seem to have microscopic blood in the urine (called hematuria), which is generally not significant and all you need is a kidney Ultrasound to assess for kidney cysts/mass/stone to start with and if that is normal, a visit to urologist. Your eGFR is slightly lower than normal (being <60), and you need follow up with a nephrologist every 3-4 month ...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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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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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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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more