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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

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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What does it mean if CBC consistently shows low RBC but normal hematocrit and hemoglobin?

What does it mean if CBC consistently shows low RBC but normal hematocrit and hemoglobin?

Not much: If blood contains normal amount of hemoglobin, it will carry oxygen to tissues and CO2 to lungs normally. If red cells are a little larger than normal, number of red cells ("RBC") could be slightly low. You could have macrocytosis (large cells) without disease, but might want MD to rule out some causes of it (low B12, low thyroid, increased reticulocytes, and others) just to be sure. ...Read more

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Ast 13 low alkaline phosphatase 28 low. Rbc 3.85 low hemoglobin 11.3 low hematocrit 34.1 low. The rest are normal. Your opinion please anything stands?

Ast 13 low alkaline phosphatase 28 low. Rbc 3.85 low hemoglobin 11.3 low hematocrit 34.1 low. The rest are normal. Your opinion please anything stands?

You are anemic: Ignore the low liver enzymes; they mean nothing. You are mildly anemic and this needs to be worked up by a competent physician. If you are iron-deficient, being male you need to find why you are losing blood unless you are a vegetarian or otherwise keep a limited diet. ...Read more

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Triglycerides 453 hi. Glucose 132H.Bun 26H. Hemoglobin 11.7 low. Hematocrit 37.5 L. Mchc 31.2 L. RDW 15.5 H. MICROALB CREAT 240 H. VitD 22 L. Father60 and Diabetic . Rest of Cbc and othere normal. What could this be?

Triglycerides 453 hi. Glucose 132H.Bun 26H. Hemoglobin 11.7 low. Hematocrit 37.5 L. Mchc 31.2 L. RDW 15.5 H. MICROALB CREAT 240 H. VitD 22 L. Father60 and Diabetic . Rest of Cbc and othere normal. What could this be?

Need good care: You need to be under the care of a competent physician who can keep your diabetes under control and find the cause of your anemia, which i suspect is due to iron deficiency from blood being lose somewhere. We can't solve it here. If you have a specific question, let us know. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?

What does it mean if you have low hematocrit or hemoglobin level?

Anemia: A low hemoglobin or hematocrit means you have anemia. They are different ways to measure the red blood cells in your bloodstream. There are many causes for anemia but they fall into 3 categoreis: increased destruction, decreased production and blood loss. ...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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