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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

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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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Is this mild anemia or moderate? Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc. High rdw, esr, platelets. Iron 3 (11-27umol/L).saturation 0.03 (0.20-0.50). B12 162 (198-615).

Is this mild anemia or moderate? Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc. High rdw, esr, platelets. Iron 3 (11-27umol/L).saturation 0.03 (0.20-0.50). B12 162 (198-615).

Anemia: If your hemoglobin is low, this is a measure of how much oxygen carrying protein is in your blood and we call this anemic. Mild and moderate are relative descriptions. It is more important to figure out why there is anemia so that it can be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your RBC count is high, hemoglobin, hematocrit, absolute eosinophils, mcv, mch, mchc are low and the RDW and platelet count high?

What does it mean when your RBC count is high, hemoglobin, hematocrit, absolute eosinophils, mcv, mch, mchc are low and the RDW and platelet count high?

D/w your doctor: You should go to see your doctor and discuss the result of your blood work with your doctor. To answer your question will depend on how high is the high level mentioned here and how low is the low levels are here? I need to see the actual numbers to really interprete the result. There are many different things that can cause from non significant, iron deficiency to thalassemia trait etc. D/w md. ...Read more

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I am confused about my recent blood work. What is the hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc and rdw?

Complete blood count: You should not be confused with those numbers. That is why your doctor is there to help analyse and interprete those numbers. Go to see your doctor who ordered that blood work and discuss with him/her what it means. ...Read more

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Anemia found on blood test. Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, high rdw. Have had heavy periods for a few years but why would it just show up now?

Anemia found on blood test. Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, high rdw. Have had heavy periods for a few years but why would it just show up now?

It takes time to exh: We all carry extra reserves of blood and iron stores in our body which can make up for moderate blood losses for a long time. Only when the reserve is exhausted and there is no more iron left in the body will your blood tests start showing up Anemia.
You need to ask your doctor for providing you the raw materials (like Iron supplements) to help you make extra blood. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mch, mchc, and high platelet count, and sedimentation rate?

What does it mean to have low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mch, mchc, and high platelet count, and sedimentation rate?

Hard to say.: This combination of labs doesn't make any diagnosis. The relative height of your esr, plates and HGB would be helpful. It may be that you have an anemia and that is driving up your platelet count and your ESR is outside your labs "normal, " but not really abnormal. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCH and MCHC is low and my RDW is high?

Need the numbers: 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, it would have helped to know the actual values. It is likely that you have iron deficiency anemia which is common in menstruating women. Take oral iron and multivitamins.
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Practice safe sex. ...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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What could be the cause of high hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCV and MCH when fluids are consistently consumed?

See below.: Many causes. If the elevation is mild this may be nothing. Dehydration could be a part. True causes of elevated indices include living at high altitude. Smoking, exposure to carbon monoxide. Decreased lung function. Use of testosterone. ...Read more

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(28 male) 10.9 hemoglobin, 34.2 hematocrit, & 25.1 MCH with normal rbc, mcv, & rdw. No change in the hemoglobin/hematocrit in 2 months? Any concerns?

(28 male) 10.9 hemoglobin, 34.2 hematocrit, & 25.1 MCH with normal rbc, mcv, & rdw. No change in the hemoglobin/hematocrit in 2 months? Any concerns?

Low-ish, why?: Assuming you are otherwise healthy, the numbers you provided suggest you are a little anemic. Sometimes this is influenced by diet (=bad), and can be improved with more protein and dark leafy greens (sorry, but clean your plate!), more effectively than a vitamin. Would talk to your dr who can help decide if it is "normal for you, " or indicating something needing further investigation. ...Read more

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My Mchc is 31.2 and listed as low. Should I worry about this? Hemoglobin 12.6 Hematocrit 40.4 Mcv 91 Mch 28.5

Not necessarily: These are usually signs of iron deficiency. If you have heavy menstrual periods, that would be one explanation. If not, you should probably see your doctor and discuss further testing. In the meantime, you can begin taking over-the-counter iron supplements as directed by your pharmacist. ...Read more

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RBC count low (3.85), hemoglobin 12, Hematocrit was 36.5%, MCV 94.8, MCH 31.2, MCHC 32.9. I am a 38 year old female. Should I be concerned about RBC?

RBC count low (3.85), hemoglobin 12, Hematocrit was 36.5%, MCV 94.8, MCH 31.2, MCHC 32.9. I am a 38 year old female. Should I be concerned about RBC?

No worries: Her hemoglobin and hematocrit are within normal limits, so you are not anemic. The normal values for MCV, MCH, and MCHC indicates that your red blood cells (RBC) are normal in size and contain a normal amount of hemoglobin. With all other results being normal, the RBC value is likely due to lab error (variation). Hemoglobin of 12 is in the low normal range probably due to menstrual blood loss. ...Read more

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3 of 4 of my children have Low Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCVH....High RDW. I believe that affect their education performance and behavior.

3 of 4 of my children have Low Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCVH....High RDW. I believe that affect their education performance and behavior.

Maybe, maybe not: The levels needed to interfere with performance vary with the skill set being reviewed. Many with minor hemoglobin defects have lower values than the norm for their lifetime and function quite well. Lead poisoning can also cause lower values, but it is the lead, not the blood cells that cause impairments. In short, your statement provides nonspecific data so a more specific answer is not possible. ...Read more

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Wbc 3.2, RBC 4.74, hemoglobin 10.8, hematocrit 34.9, MCV 73.7, MCH 22.8, mchc 31.0 and 18.2 rdw. What do these results mean?

Iron deficiency?: This is most likely. You need to be tested to verify this and to find where the blood loss may be occurring. Iron deficiency indicates serious treatable disease until proved otherwise. Stay proactive. ...Read more

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My iron is 25 (27-159), ferritin 71 (15-150), saturation 10% (15-55), hemoglobin 11.9 (11.1-15.9, hematocrit 37.5 (34-46.6), MCV 77 (79-97), MCH 24.5 (26.6-33), MCHC 31.7 (31.5-35.7) & platelets 371 (150-379). Should I be concerned about any of this?

My iron is 25 (27-159), ferritin 71 (15-150), saturation 10% (15-55), hemoglobin 11.9 (11.1-15.9, hematocrit 37.5 (34-46.6), MCV 77 (79-97), MCH 24.5 (26.6-33), MCHC 31.7 (31.5-35.7) & platelets 371 (150-379). Should I be concerned about any of this?

Low iron levels: Your lab results fit the picture of iron deficiency, probably getting low enough to cause anemia in the near future.

There are a ton of potential causes of this (diet, poor iron absorption, blood loss, and more), so it would be best to discuss these results with your primary healthcare provider. ...Read more