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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 low hemoglobin,low hematocrit,low much and high rdw mean? My labs have been like this for over a year

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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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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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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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 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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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

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, (folic acid) 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