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Is RDW of 10.8 low?

Is RDW of 10.8 low?

Low but...: If you are asking about RDW that is part of a CBC report in United States, a value lower than 80 is usually considered low (different labs may have different norms). A low RDW may be suggestive of iron deficiency, thalassemia (or other altered red cells), or other blood problems. However, a value of 10.9 is too low unless a different measurement. ...Read more

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Low rdw, is this good?

Low rdw, is this good?

Normal: Rdw is either normal or elevated, it is not low. However, RDW may be normal or at the lower end of normal and a person may still have a red cell disorder like beta thalassemia trait. ...Read more

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What if the RDW is40.0?

What if the RDW is40.0?

Very high: Very high, need to make sure no iron deficiency, talkto your doctor soon to look cor reasons. Iron def can be a serious issue at 79 year old. ...Read more

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What does a high RDW indicate?

What does a high RDW indicate?

High red cell: Turn over. Rdw is the term for variation in red cell size and is elevated in iron deficiency anemia, hemolytic anemia, following blood loss or any other state in which red cells are being lost and generated at an increased rate. ...Read more

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How to increase your RDW level?

How to increase your RDW level?

Why do you ask?: The reference range on RDW, as for most labs, is set so that a few percent of folks fall outside on either end. A low RDW is never a problem. There is no advantage to trying to change it. Frequent visits to the blood bank are good for you as a public service, and are likely to raise RDW. ...Read more

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What is RDW-SD? Can you cure it?

What is RDW-SD? Can you cure it?

Lab test: If the RDW-SD is up but everything else is normal, it's a tipoff that iron deficiency may be developing. There are many other possibilities. And remember that for every lab value, a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Glad you're interested in your lab work. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does elevated RDW indicate?

Non-specific: Variation in red cell size can be due to many reasons, e.g., iron deficiency, hemolytic anemia, folate (folic acid) and/or B12 deficiency. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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How can I increase my RDW level?

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How can I increase my RDW level?

You don't want to: Rdw means reed blood cell distribution width is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. Usually rbcs are a standard size of about 6-8 μm. Certain disorders, however, cause a significant variation in cell size. Certain disorders, like iron or vit B12 deficiency- cause a significant variation in cell size- thus will increase rdw. It is used to differentiate the cause of anemia. ...Read more

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What does a RDW count of 15.7 mean?

What does a RDW count of 15.7 mean?

It depends: Rdw means red cell distribution width. It measures the difference between the sizes of the patient's red blood cells. It increases a little as one gets much older. The importance of it depends on evaluating the rest of the blood, and what shapes the red cells take. ...Read more

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What is a high RDW count a sign of?

Red cell size: Variablity. Rdw is the short term for distribution of red cell width and reflects variation in red cell size. The variation may be due hemolytic anemia, microvascular disease, hemoglobin disorders, iron deficiency anemia etc. See this site for more info.
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/2098635-overview. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your RDW is high?

Thanks for asking!: Rdw stands for red blood cell distribution width, which is a measured parameter in a CBC test. High RDW value indicates greater variation in rbc size. This may be associated with iron deficiency anemia, folate/b12 deficiency anemia, mixed deficiency, recent hemorrhage, . ..Etc. ...Read more

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What it means when RDW counting is 40.0?

What units?: If this is the rdw-sd you are fine. If this is the rdw-cv this needs to be explained http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/2098635-overview#aw2aab6b3. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have high rdw?

Red cell distributio: It means the red cells in the blood are not all the same size. When someone has anemia, the RDW test can be used as extra info to find out what the anemia is from. ...Read more

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What will happen if my RDW (9.18%) is low?

What will happen if my RDW (9.18%) is low?

Probably nothing: The RDW is how the size of your red blood cells varies with the mean size of your red blood cells. There is no harm in having a low rdw. Certain types of anemia can lead to low rdw, and that may be a problem that needs to be treated. ...Read more

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My RDW level is 19.3 do this mean I have polyecima?

Absolutely not: It's got nothing to do with polycythemia. It means that your red cells vary in size. This often means nothing whatsoever, especially if it's the only blip on your lab slip and your iron status is normal on your chemical profile. Rdw generally rises in iron deficinecy before anemia appears, so it may be a heads up. ...Read more

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What's RDW levels have to be too determin polysemia condition?

What's RDW levels have to be too determin polysemia condition?

This is a mistake: Rdw is not a factor in the diagnosis of polycythemia. Please get with your physician; you are clearly worried and have a right to a straight explanation. Rdw means nothing in isolation; if it's the only abnormality on a CBC it may be a heads-up to review iron status. ...Read more

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What does an elevated RDW level mean if all other levels are within normal range? RDW level is 15.1%

Really, nothing: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either side. Keep this in mind. In iron deficiency before anemia begins, high RDW is the first change. Could this be a factor? ...Read more

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My rdw-cv is 19.6% and is high. What other tests are required and what are the possible health problems.

CBC.: Rdw-cv measures the variability of red cell size. It is useful in finding the cause of anemia, or detecting early deficiencies of iron, B12 or folic acid. Rdw can be effected by alcohol, medications, chronic health conditions, so is not helpful by itself. It has to be viewed in the context of the rest of the CBC (complete blood count) and your health history. ...Read more

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My MCV is 81, my RDW 15 what could be the problem?

How's iron level?: The MCV is lowish, about where mine usually runs, but not inconsistent with good health. RDW tends to rise in early iron deficiency, before anemia appears, but this is by no means the only possibility. If you may be iron deficient (vegetarianism, heavy periods, pregnancy), your physician may check iron and iron binding capacity & discuss possible supplementation. Glad you asked, best wishes. ...Read more

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My RDW is 14.5 and my PLT is 419 should I be concerned?

Maybe: This isn't a danger to life, but a good follow-up might be a check to see if you're becoming a bit iron-deficient, even if you're not anemic yet. If you're iron-deficient, see if you and your physician can figure out why. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My MCV is 85 but my RDW is 15.3 what could be the cause for my high RDW.

Not abnormally high: Your RDW is not abnormally high. What is your hemoglobin? See this site for normal CBC. RDW is an esoteric parameter and not worth worrying about.

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003642.htm ...Read more

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What's the RDW in hematology?

What's the RDW in hematology?

RBC size variation: Rdw is a a statistical measurement of the differences in size of the red blood cells (rbc). Higher RDW values mean that there is more variation in the sizes of the rbc. Iron deficiency anemia is associated with increased rdw, especially after iron replacement starts. ...Read more

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What happens if MCV, MCH, MPV are low and RDW% is high?

Need more info: Why were these tests done? What are the rest of results? What are the actual values of MCV, MCH, MPC and RDW. It would be helpful to discuss these results with your doctor who knows your health history. ...Read more

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High RDW and low MCH means?

High RDW and low MCH means?

Blood count terms: Rdw means red cell distribution width, which is the range of values for the width of your red blood cells. A higher number could mean that you are making lots more red cells for some reason.
Mch mean mean (or average) red cell hemoglobin, which is the amount of hemoglobin in each red blood cell. If it's low, this means that your cells aren't carrying as much hemoglobin as they should. ...Read more

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What is test RDW and glucose?

What is test RDW and glucose?

Red cell distributio: It means the red cells in the blood are not all the same size. When someone has anemia, the RDW test can be used as extra info to find out what the anemia is from. Glucose means th sugar in the bloodstream. If it is high it could be a aign of diabetes in certain cases. It is unrelated to rdw. ...Read more

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Does high RDW indicate diabetes?

Does high RDW indicate diabetes?

No: This is nonspecific without the rest of the cbc. Sometimes noted with hereditary anemias i.e. Thalassemia. Can also be noted with polycythemia vera.
By it self may not be significant. ...Read more

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What does low MCV and high RDW means?

What does low MCV and high RDW means?

Iron deficiency.: These findings on a CBC usually mean iron deficiency. There are other causes of low MCV including thalassemia, sideroblastic anemia & lead poisoning. These are rare conditions. Iron def. Is common, and usually means blood loss. ...Read more

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Normal MCV with low RDW indicates what?

May not be problem: Is the rest of the hemogram normal. ...Read more

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What does high rdw-cv test result mean?

What does high rdw-cv test result mean?

Red cell distributio: It means the red cells in the blood are not all the same size. When someone has anemia, the RDW test can be used as extra info to find out what the anemia is from. ...Read more

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What does elevated RDW on hematicrit mean?

What does elevated RDW on hematicrit mean?

Random Dist Width: Random distribution width (RDW) is a measure of the variability of the sizes (volume) of the red blood cells in a complete blood count. The lower the number, the more similar are the sizes of the red cells. The higher the rdw, the more variable are the red cells in sizes (from small to large). The variability in red cell sizes can sometimes help narrow down the causes of anemia in a patient. ...Read more

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My RBC is 4.09 and my RDW is 11.6. Is this bad?

My RBC is 4.09 and my RDW is 11.6. Is this bad?

No: It's mild anemia (mild decrease in RBCS), with good production of new RBCS (mild increase in RDW). Mild anemia is common in young women who are menstruating. Eat foods with good iron content (red meat, poultry, fish, green vegetables (especially spinach), and beans. ...Read more

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All bloodwork normal, except RDW slightly low???

All bloodwork normal, except RDW slightly low???

RDW: The RDW is the rbc distribution width. If the rest of your panel was negative I would not be concerned. The RDW will change with conditions like sickle cell disease. It can be also associated with dietary deficiencies such as iron or folic acid. ...Read more

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What causes ongoing low lymphs, low mchc and high rdw?

What causes ongoing low lymphs, low mchc and high rdw?

Hematology: If the red cell, total white blood cell and platelet counts, as well as the MCV and MCH are all normal, the low MCHC and high RDW may not be significant or diagnostic. Low lymphocytes combined with high neutrophils can be seen in certain infections, use of corticosteroids, or in blood dyscrasias. However this question can be better answered by your MD (who knows your results) or a hematologist ...Read more

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Is there a connection between creatine and RDW level increasing?

Maybe: The creatinine rise means the kidneys are functioning less well. Poor kidney function leads to anemia, and the high RDW goes along with a component of iron deficiency. More testing will be needed to sort all this out. ...Read more

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What is RDW for bloodwork and what does it mean when it's high. All others normal.?

Size variation: It means nothing by itself; plus, hopefully you know that all lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Early iron deficiency raises RDW before anemia begins but often it's up for no apparent reason. Mine's usually high because I donate blood. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Normal mcv but high rdw what are the risk and causes? And can it be regulated back to normal?

Normal mcv but high rdw what are the risk and causes? And can it be regulated back to normal?

Don't Rx a lab: Early iron deficiency often does this, but remember that lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Especially, don't get all worried about trying to adjust a lab value back into reference range; something is always outside. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?

What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?

Nothing.: Mcv is red cell size. Rdw is the variation in red cell size. A low RDW has no meaning. Gfr is a way of measuring kidney function, and a GFR over 60 is of no concern. ...Read more

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My son (13) has a slightly elevated RDW (14.8%) and a slightly low mchc reading (32.5%). What does this mean?

My son (13) has a slightly elevated RDW (14.8%) and a slightly low mchc reading (32.5%). What does this mean?

CBC interpretation: Please repost your question with the remainder of the CBC results (RBC, Hgb, Plt, MPV and differential) for an informed answer. ...Read more