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Low Hemoglobin And Hematocrit Levels
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
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
I have a positive ANA with a speckled pattern and low RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit levels what could that be indicative of?
AUTOIMMUNE DZ: Autoimmune disease like Luous and Ra. You need to follow up with your doctor to see if you have other stigmata present and get more through lab testing done. If they are low positive they are a nonspecific finding and may not be a sign for concern. I would recommend a gluten free diet to decrease inflammation Wholeapproach.com and gutbliss.com. Also the vitamins I recommend on rejuvenationscience. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: Iron deficiency is only one of many factors that can cause anemia ( low level of hemoglobin/hematocrit). Deficiency in other nutrient like vit b12, folate, or anemia due to other chronic inflammation/disease, destruction of the red blood cells, drug induced, bone marrow failure, bleeding, other red blood cell disorders etc can cause anemia as well. See you doctor and have further evaluation. ...Read more
I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are that of a healthy person; a liver problem?
Unlikely liver...: There are many causes. Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: But if low hb, low hct are associated with low platelet , the it needs to be more evalauted as the conditions could be contributed by us such as alcohol use , or conditions of the bonemarrow from defective synthesis of precursor cells -called myelodysplastic syndrome, a bm failure blood has 2 types of cellular elements-red blood, white blood and platelets and their precursors come from bone marrow. ...Read more
What could cause low red blood cell count, but normal hemoglobin and hematocrit levels? Also, if it matters, which apparently it doesn't?
Does a low hemoglobin and hematocrit means you have a large spleen my my hbg was Range 11.3 11.5-15.0and my hematocrit was 34.6 Range36.0-50.0?
Many causes for it: Low Hemoglobin(Hb) commonly known as Anemia can be caused by many different reasons....enlarged spleen is present in some such conditions but it is uncommon, as most anemia is from blood loss or from deficiency of iron. You need a good doctor to investigate the cause and inform you about it so that you do not have to keep running to different doctors. ...Read more
Feel weak. Lack energy. Get headaches. Lack appitite. Loose stools. Rbc count is low. Hemoglobin and hematocrit. Would that cause these symptoms.
High ANA with speckled pattern, high sed rate, low hemoglobin and hematocrit, and a lot of joint pain. No rash or skin problems. Any ideas?
Lupus: Lupus is very possible but other diseases can present in a similar way. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
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