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What does low MCV and high RDW means?

What does low MCV and high RDW means?

Iron deficiency.: These findings on a CBC usually mean iron deficiency. There are other causes of low MCV including thalassemia, sideroblastic anemia & lead poisoning. These are rare conditions. Iron def. Is common, and usually means blood loss. ...Read more

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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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Bloods showed high mch, high mcv, low RDW and high bilirubin. liver test/scan came back fine, what else could it be??

Bloods showed high mch, high mcv, low RDW and high bilirubin. liver test/scan came back fine, what else could it be??

Else what?: 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, the first thing to rule out would be B12/Folate deficiency. What is your hemoglobin level and what are the actual values of the results? ...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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Blood test: I have a low MCV, low mch and high rdw. I have euthyrodism- T3, (liothyronine) T4 & S-TSH fine bt my SHBG is high at 198.5 what does it mean?

Blood test: I have a low MCV, low mch and high rdw. I have euthyrodism- T3, (liothyronine) T4 & S-TSH fine bt my SHBG is high at 198.5 what does it mean?

Iron deficiency : it appears that you have iron deficiency anemia which needs to be treated with iron supplementation. I would repeat the thyroid studies in a couple of weeks ...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 happens if MCV, MCH, MPV are low and RDW% is high?

Need more info: Why were these tests done? What are the rest of results? What are the actual values of MCV, MCH, MPC and RDW. It would be helpful to discuss these results with your doctor who knows your health history. ...Read more

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What causes my MCV to be low and RDW to be high? And how to prevent it?

What causes my  MCV to be low and RDW to be high? And how to prevent it?

Iron supplements: Low MCV points to iron deficiency. High RDW points to the body making blood cells at a higher rate than normal. An iron supplement might be a good idea, be it from a pill, diet or both. However, you need to check with the doc who ordered these tests to make sure there isn't something else going on. ...Read more

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