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Elevated Rdw Levels
What does an elevated RDW level mean if all other levels are within normal range? RDW level is 15.1%
Different thing: You could have more than one conditons like low in iron and low in vitamin B12 for instance- that would make normal MCV and high rdw. Or you could be just in the very beginning or mild case of low iron- that would present the same in cbc. Go to see your md and get checked. ...Read more
Elevated rbcs (5.9), elevated hemaglobin (17.8), & elevated hematocrit (57%) low rdw. (11.0) polycythemia vera? Are these levels unsafe? Also have hbp
My RBC is elevated, 5.16 tera/L. N/S woman living at sea level. Hemoglobin 148 g/L; Hematocrit 0.43; RDW
13.9. Ferritin 54 ug/ l. father with PCV. ?
Lab data: Without placing this into some clinical context there is no way in which to interpret these numbers. You need to discuss this with the doctor who ordered the tests and specifically ask why the test was ordered. ...Read more
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
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 ?m. 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
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
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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