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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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What does it mean when you have a high rdw, normal RBC , low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low mcv, &mch and low mchc?

What does it mean when you have a high rdw, normal RBC , low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low mcv, &mch and low mchc?

Iron deficiency: This combination suggests iron deficiency anemia. Your evaluation will look into this option as well as some other causes of these small red cells with anemia. ...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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Hemoglobin 106 low hematocrit, MCV, MCH low and RDW 18.4. Ferritin 7. Is the high RDW a concern. last b12 was 137?

Nutrition: You seem to have more than one nutritional deficiency. It may be due to poor diet or malabsorption. It is imperative that you consult a doctor to ascertain the cause of the deficiencies and take appropriate medication.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What causes a low hematocrit, low hemoglobin, low mcv, and elevated liver enzymes?

What causes a low hematocrit, low hemoglobin, low mcv, and elevated liver enzymes?

Medical illnesses: There are many medical conditions that can cause these things...In general, you have anemia, and abnormal liver function tests that need to be evaluated and treated depending on the results of why you are anemic and have elevated liver enzymes. ...Read more

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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

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High platelet count, low hematocrit/hemoglobin means?

High platelet count, low hematocrit/hemoglobin means?

First...: Consider iron deficiency. This often produces this combination. Unless you are a woman with very heavy periods, or a vegetarian who's not supplementing or savvy about the difficult task of getting enough dietary iron, look for how you might be losing blood. ...Read more

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How could I have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?

How low?: An increase in red cell size, macrocytosis, may account for the disparity. Alcohol and low thyroid function may cause macrocytosis with near normal hemoglobin. ...Read more

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I was wondering how i could have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?

No!: They all go together unless you have very small sized red cells in which case you can be anemic but the red blood cell count may still be normal... As in a conditiona called thalasemia. ...Read more

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Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

Rarely: If there are fractures of large bones like femur, there may be enough bleeding into the tissue to cause a fall in hemoglobin level. ...Read more

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Why would there be a low hemoglobin and low hematocrit as well as low RBC count after left hip replacement?

Why would there be a low hemoglobin and low hematocrit as well as low RBC count after left hip replacement?

Blood loss: Post-op blood loss anemia most likely. Most patients lose 4 grams of HGB from surgery. Over time, with good nutrition, the blood counts will normalize. ...Read more

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What could cause low red blood cell count, but normal hemoglobin and hematocrit levels? Also, if it matters, which apparently it doesn't?

What could cause low red blood cell count, but normal hemoglobin and hematocrit levels? Also, if it matters, which apparently it doesn't?

Red blood count is n: We rely more on hemoglobin and hematocrit levels than or red cell counts. So you can ignore your red cell count right now. ...Read more

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How quickly will anemia from low iron damage the heart? Hemoglobin is 9.7, hematocrit 31.3. Normal 11mos ago, but is it too late? 35 yrs old.

How quickly will anemia from low iron damage the heart?  Hemoglobin is 9.7, hematocrit 31.3.  Normal 11mos ago, but is it too late?  35 yrs old.

You will be fine: You just need to supplement back the iron. This hemoglobin level is low, but I expect you to recover fully. Once you take the iron supplements, check back with your doctor for repeat labs to confirm your good health. Then you will see. You have your young age and relative good health that will help you pull through this time. ...Read more

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What do blood results mean ? TIBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, RBC & MCH all LOW.. Retic count & RDW are HIGH. Iron, Tran Sat, Ferriten, MCV NORMAL

What do blood results mean ? TIBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, RBC & MCH all LOW..   Retic count & RDW are HIGH. Iron, Tran Sat, Ferriten, MCV NORMAL

Anemia: Your results indicate anemia. The cause requires identification. Strong possibilities from high retic count include blood cell hemolysis (breakdown) or blood loss from your body. Needs more attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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2 CBC tests showed low RBC (3.77) hemoglobin (11) and hematocrit (32.5!) 2 docs and 1 neuro said that's normal. Anemia? Other causes of these levels?

2 CBC tests showed low RBC (3.77) hemoglobin (11) and hematocrit (32.5!) 2 docs and 1 neuro said that's normal. Anemia? Other causes of these levels?

Very mild anemia: It will depend on the normal range of hb used at your laboratory where you have the test done. At my lab- the normal range used is between 12-15, so hb of 11 is only mildly anemic. It is nothing to worry much about however. In young woman like yourself- with your monthly period, you lose some iron in every cycle. This can cause mild anemia. Check your iron and take multi vitamin. D/w your md. ...Read more

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24 weeks pregnant. Hemoglobin, hematocrit & RBC in normal range. Ferritin really low at only 8 ug/L, cut off >14. Should I worry about iron levels?

24 weeks pregnant. Hemoglobin, hematocrit & RBC in normal range. Ferritin really low at only 8 ug/L, cut off >14. Should I worry about iron levels?

Take treatment: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, iron deficiency is easily treated with over the counter iron supplements. You should be under the care of an OB and s/he should be consulted for proper treatment. ...Read more

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My son is a 5 years old, he has ongoing periodical fevers,his blood work shows low HEMOGLOBIN,low HEMATOCRIT,low RBC, low LYMPHOCYTES, high BASOPHILS.

My son is a 5 years old, he has ongoing periodical fevers,his blood work shows low HEMOGLOBIN,low HEMATOCRIT,low RBC, low LYMPHOCYTES, high BASOPHILS.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining your son and his health status warrants a thorough evaluation by a pediatrician and this is not an appropriate forum for such evaluation.
Wish you and you son good health!. ...Read more