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I live in canada and recently had blood work done my RBC folate (folic acid) level was 2423 is this too high? What could it mean?

I live in canada and recently had blood work done my RBC folate (folic acid) level was 2423 is this too high? What could it mean?

Likely no problem.: Folate (folic acid) in the rbcs is a test done to see if a person is folate (folic acid) deficient. For pregnant women, this could mean neural tube defects in the newborn if it is low, and megaloblastic anemia and malnutrition in adults. Your levels are well above the adult range of 150-450 ng/ml/cells (340-1020 nmol/l/cells), and you should have nothing to worry about. It is water soluable and excesss is urinated out. ...Read more

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Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


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Is high RBC folate (folic acid) associated with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Not likely: Please consult this site for info in this topic. Folate (folic acid) and B12 are needed for efficient red cell production and other functions, but lack of one does not increase the other. http://www.webmd.com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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Hematocrit .403, magnesium ..77, calcium 2.33, b 12 1107, RBC folate (folic acid) 2168, ferratin 74, testosterone .9, vit d 127. Are these normal?

Hematocrit .403, magnesium ..77, calcium 2.33, b 12 1107, RBC folate (folic acid) 2168, ferratin 74, testosterone .9, vit d 127. Are these normal?

Check with your doc: There are abnormal results. Check with the doc who ordered these tests and discuss these results = there was a reason to order these tests. ...Read more

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Symptoms of anemia but blood tests normal (iron, B12, folate, (folic acid) RBC, etc). What other common conditions would a doctor look for?

Symptoms of anemia but blood tests normal (iron, B12, folate, (folic acid) RBC, etc). What other common conditions would a doctor look for?

Thyroid?: It depends on what you mean by "symptoms of anemia." Endocrine / infectious / oncologic conditions could all cause general weakness / low energy, if that is what you mean. Can ask follow up with more specifics. ...Read more

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36 weeks preg.iron 66,feritin 78.5,b12 207,folate (folic acid) 13, rbc 4.22,hb 10.4,hct 32,wbc 9.16,plt 169 .anemic since 2 years.is this bone marrow problem?

36 weeks preg.iron 66,feritin 78.5,b12 207,folate (folic acid) 13, rbc 4.22,hb 10.4,hct 32,wbc 9.16,plt 169 .anemic since 2 years.is this bone marrow problem?

Probably not . .: First, please be assured that a Hb of 10.4 is not a danger to you or to the baby. The Bone Marrow makes 3 types of cells (WBC's, Platelets, RBC's). Your platelets and WBC's are normal. If you or your doctor were concerned about a bone marrow problem (i.e. bone marrow suppression), you can also get a test called a Reticulocyte Count. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have enlarged RBCs, and low ferritin/iron. I'm homozygous MTHFR(never processed folate or B12, correctly). Is there a dr who understands both things?

I have enlarged RBCs, and low ferritin/iron. I'm homozygous MTHFR(never processed folate or B12, correctly). Is there a dr who understands both things?

Hematologist: I don't know where you live, but your primary care doctor can refer you to a specialist in hematology. If you live near a University Medical center and your insurance covers it, that is where I suggest being evaluated ...Read more

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I had my Blood result Rbc:occasional macrocytes seen Impression: vitamin b12/folate definitely should be excluded My hemoglabin is okay What it mean?

Hard to say: When RBC are large it can be due to B12 or Folate (folic acid) deficiencies. Sometimes alcohol will fool the automated systems and of course there are other causes. It is worth checking out even if you are not anemic per se. ...Read more

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I had my blood result it says rbc:occational microcytes seen Impression: mild vitamin b/folate deficiency should be excluded... What thus it mean?

Recheck report: Microcytes associated with iron deficiency Macrocytes with folate (folic acid) & B12 deficiency What is your Hemoglobin level? Do you take any meds for stomach acid? ...Read more

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High MCV & MCH for few years. 2 yrs of low rbc. New CBC has folate (folic acid) & calc. Defic., low bun. 2 mnths ago found soft clavicle lymph "mass". Esophag spsm?

Lots of info: Here. Possible relevance undetermined. From a heme standpoint high MCV and folate (folic acid) deficiency would go together. Folate (folic acid) supplements would be indicated. Cannot relate to esophageal issues. ...Read more

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Anemia:rbc-3.7, hct-35.4, fer-50, iron-54, tibc 268, iron sat 20%, PLT 222, retic .6%, potas 5.2, B12 1500, folate (folic acid) 24.8. College athlete weight gain, fatig?

?Not anemic: Your rbc is low, but hct is probably at the bottom of normal. The other lab values are all normal. This discrepancy between rbc and hct usually means either your red cells are unusually big, or something is interfering with the counting. This can happen with a cold agglutinin (red cells clump in the cold), excessive alcohol, liver problems, or low thyroid. Given other symptoms, check thyroid. ...Read more

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High MCV and MCH for a few years. 2 yrs of low rbc. Recent CBC now has folate (folic acid) & calc. Defic., low bun. 2 mnths ago found soft clavicle lymph "mass". Esophageal probls. & hypogammaglobulinemia. Help?

High MCV and MCH for a few years. 2 yrs of low rbc. Recent CBC now has folate (folic acid) & calc. Defic., low bun. 2 mnths ago found soft clavicle lymph "mass". Esophageal probls. & hypogammaglobulinemia. Help?

Needs more info: Difficult to say based on limited info. High MCV likely due to low folate (folic acid) (did you check b12?). Low BUN is good, so no worries. If you have a clavicular lymph node it needs evaluation for sure. See your doctor! ...Read more

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58+ F Hb 10.8, RBC "Predominantly macrocytic normochromic with macroovalocytes". Ferritin 100 ng/ml, B12 894 pg/ml, Folic Acid 12.3 ng/ml.Why Anemia ?

58+ F Hb 10.8, RBC "Predominantly macrocytic normochromic with macroovalocytes". Ferritin 100 ng/ml, B12 894 pg/ml, Folic Acid 12.3 ng/ml.Why Anemia ?

Hg 10.8 macrocytic: Tested methylmalonic acid? Homocystine,? they are usually elevated before B12 goes down, though your B12 is pretty normal. Are you on any medications? metformin? HIV? alcohol? Hypothyroidism, liver disease , COPD, G6PD, hemolysis, malabsorption ( usually have low B12 as well) can cause it as well. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0201/p203.html f/u/ w/ hematology ...Read more

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Rbc lo. Hgb, hct ok. Mch & MCV hi. Ferritin ok. B12 & folic acid hi. D lo. Thyroid ok. Rf hi. Repeatable. Tired, weak and unfocused. Cause?

Additional info: What are the actual number values associated with the rbc, hgb, hct, mch, and mcv? This will help establish significance of these high or low values. Do you have relatives with RA or other autoimmune disease? Do you have any history of hepatitis or liver disease (can cause simultaneous high rf and high mcv)? Are there other lab test results for autoimmune disease (ana)? ...Read more

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What are symptoms of being folate (folic acid) deficient?

Folic Acid: A Folic Acid deficiency can present with fatigue, oral ulcerations, tongue swelling, graying hair and inadequate growth. ...Read more

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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more