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How long do I need to abstain from alcohol before seeing a level drop in the MCV?

How long do I need to abstain from alcohol before seeing a level drop in the MCV?

I don't believe: A precise answer to this is known. This blood marker used to track abstinence takes a long time to normalize. The rise in MCV is a direct result of the effect of alcohol on erythroblast/red blood cell development. The half--life of the abnormal RBCs is 40 days...40 days after abstinence half of the abnormal RBC population would be extinguished. Obviously, normalization would take even more time. ...Read more

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Hello, my MCV lvl is 36.8. Everything else is normal. I was stung by a bee and I went to the doctor. I drank alot before. Could alcohol be the reason?

Hello, my MCV lvl is 36.8. Everything else is normal. I was stung by a bee and I went to the doctor. I drank alot before. Could alcohol be the reason?

Your MCHC, perhaps?: Your MCV isn't 36. If this is your MCHC, it's very slightly above most labs' reference ranges, and since these ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either side, I wouldn't give it another thought. ...Read more

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Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

See below : Excessive alcohol intake can cause liver disease which can cause macrocytic anemia. Also, people who drink lots of alcohol could have nutrient and vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin b 12 and folic acid, and deficiencies from these can also cause macrocytic anemia. It's okay to have a drink now and then though. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can result from high mcv? I have moderated my alcohol intake and begun taking a multi-vitamin to help with folate (folic acid) and b-12.

What kind of problems can result from high mcv?  I have moderated my alcohol intake and begun taking a multi-vitamin to help with folate (folic acid) and b-12.

You're correct : Large (macrocytic) red blood cells usually result from a deficiency of vitamin B12 or Folic Acid (folate). If you are taking those and your macrocytes don't improve, you may not be able to absorb the vitamins from you GI tract. You may wish to see your doctor again or consult a hematologist if things don't improve. ...Read more

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High H&H, high MCV, low MCHC, low RDW, neutropenia, & lymphocytosis all values recurring for a few years. B12 therapy for macrocytosis ineffective. No drugs/alcohol. Do smoke cigarettes. Any ideas?

High H&H, high MCV, low MCHC, low RDW, neutropenia, & lymphocytosis all values recurring for a few years. B12 therapy for macrocytosis ineffective. No drugs/alcohol. Do smoke cigarettes. Any ideas?

Yes: My Opinion Only

I suggest you have a bone marrow study. This could represent a "Pre-Leukemic" state...not to scare you JUST an "idea" as you requested. BY NO MEANS AM I MAKING A DIAGNOSIS This situation is UNUSUAL and this is just a thought!

Hope this helps you/ Dr Z ...Read more

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Evaluate? Free T3 2.7 Free T4 1.36 TSH 1.6 MCV 106.9 MCH 34.6 Cl 110 RDW 11.2 B12 245 UA RBC 10-20 Occult Blood 2+ On Synthroid (thyroxine) No alcohol B12 per Dr

Evaluate? Free T3 2.7 Free T4 1.36 TSH 1.6 MCV 106.9 MCH 34.6 Cl 110 RDW 11.2 B12 245 UA RBC 10-20 Occult Blood 2+ On Synthroid (thyroxine) No alcohol B12 per Dr

Too much and yet....: Not enough info. Labs must be interpreted in light of your clinical situation. Your thyroid appears normal. Your red blood cells are uniformly and mildly enlarged. This may be that you had B12 deficiency and recently started B12. There are some red cells in your urine and some in your stool? These need explanation. See the doc who ordered these. ...Read more

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My dad has macrocytic anemia. 10 hemoglobin, 29 hematocrit, 14 platelets, MCV 107. Tests for kidney, liver, wbc, mch, vit B12 are normal. Why? No alcohol

My dad has macrocytic anemia. 10 hemoglobin, 29 hematocrit, 14 platelets, MCV 107. Tests for kidney, liver, wbc, mch, vit B12 are normal. Why? No alcohol

More labs: Thyroid and Folic Acid should be assayed. A reticulocyte count is also in order as new-made reds can be quite large. Has the pathologist or hematologist looked at the peripheral smear? ...Read more

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How long does liver take to regenerate after abstaining from alcohol?

How long does liver take to regenerate after abstaining from alcohol?

Depends: Time to complete recovery depends on how bad the liver was hit by the alcohol. It could be as quick as a week or two if mild, to months if there is a history of liver disease. If there is permanent scarring, your liver may never fully recover. In general, you can expect the liver to start the healing process as soon as you stop drinking. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for liver enzymes to normalize after obstaining from alcohol?

How long is it supposed to it take for liver enzymes to normalize after obstaining from alcohol?

Depends on the : Extent of damage to the liver. Acute effects of alcohol usually dissipate in about two weeks, and almost completely in three months. However, if liver damage has resulted in fibrosis and early cirrhosis, the damage may not be reversible. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the liver to repair itself after abstaining from alcohol? Drank 5 drinks 3 nights a week for 3 years. Bilirubin was 2.4

How long does it take for the liver to repair itself after abstaining from alcohol? Drank 5 drinks 3 nights a week for 3 years. Bilirubin was 2.4

Really fast: Sober up and your liver enzymes can be okay in a few days if you haven't given yourself alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis. Keep up the good work and even if you have one of the advanced forms, it can often self-heal. I'm really happy for you. So is everybody who loves you. Congratulations. ...Read more

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How long alcohol stay in your system?

How long alcohol stay in your system?

Depends: This depends on how much you drink and the period over which you drink it; also, it correlates with sex (males metabolize better than females); how much you've eaten; food delays the absorption of alcohol; it depends on your tolerance: if you drink regularly in a moderate fashion, you will metabolize alcohol more efficiently;. ...Read more

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How much can alcohol decrease fertility?

How much can alcohol decrease fertility?

Dose dependent: No one knows for absolute certain. Like most toxins, the more alcohol ingested the higher the risk of problems. No one knows for sure if and where there is a 'threshhold effect, ' in other words below that amount there is no impact. I usually counsel patients that a few drinks per week is unlikely to have an important effect on fertility. ...Read more

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Alcohol takes how long to leave your urine?

Alcohol and UAs: I tell my patients that with the new etg testing it can be a week or so. ...Read more

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How long does alcohol stay in your urine for?

Urine & Alcohol: If you are talking about drug testing and urine then it all depends on the type of test. The newer tests, the measure the enzyme in your liver stimulated by alcohol you are talking about a week or so. ...Read more

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How long does alcohol stay in your bloodstream?

How long does alcohol stay in your bloodstream?

Alcohol: Alcohol is metabolized at 20 mg per deciliter per hour. Legal intoxication is 80 mg/dl. So it would take about 4 hours to get the alcohol out of your system. ...Read more

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How long after having a baby can u have alcohol?

Breastfeeding- None: If you are breastfeeding, alcohol is transmitted in breast milk and not a good idea to consume. ...Read more

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Does alcohol make cocaine stay in your system longer?

Does alcohol make cocaine stay in your system longer?

Dangerous combo.: Combining alcohol with Cocaine creates cocaethylene which adds further to the effects of either drug alone. Sometimes what is done to your brain is more relevant than how long the drug stays in your system. Be warned this is dangerous. Be safe. ...Read more

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What is etg test. And how long is alcohol detectable?

ETG Tests Alcohol: Some people claim that with this test it can be up to five to seven days. But, blood testing is even longer and hair testing is permanent until the hair is cut. Drug monitoring tests are getting more efficient and successful in catching those using substances. ...Read more