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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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Have low wbc 2.2 and low rbc. High mcv and rdw. UA RBC 1+ and WBC 3+ and protein H, I don not have a bladder infection. Does this indicate anything?

Have low wbc 2.2 and low rbc. High mcv and rdw. UA RBC 1+ and WBC 3+ and protein H, I don not have a bladder infection. Does this indicate anything?

Maybe serious see MD: That's a very low WBC count. Combined with anemia ("low RBC"), a serious nutritional or bone marrow problem is likely, including leukemia and other cancers. The abnormal urinalysis may be an entirely separate problem but also could be serious. You need to see a doctor -- or if already in care, ask her these questions and also whether you should see a specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have nausea, lightedness and body weakness. CBC came back with Normal WBC High platelets High RBC Low MCV Low MCH High RDW?

I have nausea, lightedness and body weakness. CBC came back with Normal WBC High platelets High RBC Low MCV Low MCH High RDW?

Discuss it: You didn't give the values, but if they're not way out-of-range, I'd check you for thalassemia minor. If you have it, it's worth knowing as marrying another person with it can be a disaster for your children. I can't explain the high platelets, though the common cause is coexisting iron deficiency which can complicate this stuff. Pure iron deficiency might show low RBC instead. ...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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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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I am experiencing dizziness (better by: with fluids) (worsened by: changing head position). The following also describes me: Lightheadedness. Normal WBC High platelets, high RBC, low MCV, low MCH and high RDW?

I am experiencing dizziness (better by: with fluids) (worsened by: changing head position). The following also describes me: Lightheadedness. Normal WBC High platelets, high RBC, low MCV, low MCH and high RDW?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. However, what you described suggests lack adequate water intake. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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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MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - what could this mean?

MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - what could this mean?

More info: Is there a family history of spherocytosis?
Is there any history of jaundice (yellowness) or of enlarged spleen.
Why was this group of tests done and what other tests were done?
Looking forward to more info. ...Read more

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My RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low. What do these results mean?

My RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low. What do these results mean?

Need a workup: Lab results mean nothing in isolation, and reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Given that, I wouldn't be surprised if you were getting a bit iron deficient, and that's a call for a workup -- are you bleeding from something troublesome like an ulcer or tumor? Your physician should know what to do. ...Read more

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Last bloodwork had high MCH, high MCV and low RDW?? Everything else was normal, what could this be?

Last bloodwork had high MCH, high MCV and low RDW?? Everything else was normal, what could this be?

See below: 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, if you were to provide the actual values if may be possible to render an opinion. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low what does this mean?

What do you suggest if my RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low what does this mean?

See below: 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, low mcv and MCH and high RDW suggest iron deficiency anemia. It would be prudent to discuss it with your doctor who knows more about your health. ...Read more

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What could cause high mch, high mcv, low rdw, low B12 and high iga??

What could cause high mch, high mcv, low rdw, low B12 and high iga??

Tapeworm: The High MCV and MCH would be expected with B12 deficiency as the RBC's are being discharge young from the bone marrow. Low RDW just tells you you have only one predominant population of RBCs (dark large ones) Elevated IgA can be caused by several conditions but a tapewor taking up residence in the terminal ilium would block the binding of intrinsic factor / B12 complex to its receptors. ...Read more

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MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - ferritin is high (412) vit d is low (49) what could b?

MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - ferritin is high (412) vit d is low (49) what could b?

Spherocytosis?: Are you anemic? Was a reticulocyte count done? What's the big picture? Labs mean nothing without it. If you're very close to your lab's reference range, it may mean nothing -- a few % of healthies fall outside. A low RDW would be a bit of a surprise in classic spherocytosis. ...Read more

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What is the implication of elevated rdw and low MCH MCV levels?

What is the implication of elevated rdw and low MCH MCV levels?

Anemia: Low mch, mcv levels could mean low iron and blood loss from stomach or intestines, from cancer or ulcer, if take too many aspirins or drink too much alcohol can do this, may be not srious, high rdw means different sizes of red cells, best to be evaluated by a hematologist to be sure what it is. ...Read more

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My mcv, mch, mchc and hemoglobin all a bit low. Rdw a bit high. According to my dr, mild anemia. Could that be all? Or something else too?

My mcv, mch, mchc and hemoglobin all a bit low. Rdw a bit high. According to my dr, mild anemia. Could that be all? Or something else too?

Yes, mild anemia: This is common, especially in menstruating females, more fruits and green vegetables would suffice, all the best ...Read more

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RDW (high) 18.3, MCV (low) 73.9, MCH (low) 23.8, ferritin (normal) 83. Possible conditions or reasons for this? Lymphocytes 0.9.

. Iron deficiency: I assume you are newly anemic, and this is not congenital. Low MCV, and high RDW are seen in iron def, but the normal ferritin complicates things. Anemia of chronic disorders also looks like this, but with high ferritin (and low TIBC). Normal ferritin is suspicious for a mix of iron def. And chronic disorders anemia. These findings are never normal and need further evaluation. ...Read more

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What does having low HB, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC & high RDW but normal RBC & ferritin mean? HB 10 (11.2-14.1) RBC 4.15 (3.85-5.02) Ferritin 5.7 (4.6-204)

Need iron: It means you have an iron deficiency leading to anemia. It could be not enough iron in your diet to replace menstrual losses but you should check with your doctor to be sure and to receive a recommendation for treatment. ...Read more

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Mcv 69, MCH 22.6, mchc 32.7 (low), high RDW 16.1. Hg/hct normal. Rbc 6.45 (high). Numbers have declined over past 7 months. Iron norm. What is cause?

Mcv 69, MCH 22.6, mchc 32.7 (low), high RDW 16.1. Hg/hct normal. Rbc 6.45 (high). Numbers have declined over past 7 months. Iron norm. What is cause?

Need evaluation: All lab results need to be evaluated in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. It would also help to have the actual results of iron studies. Iron deficiency is a common cause of microcytic hypochromia. Mild thalassemia being another one. If your results are improving, recovery from iron deficiency is a likely explanation. ...Read more

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19 months old anisocytosis 1+, microcytes 1+, ovalocytes 1+, poikilocitosis 1+, RBC count high 5.6 (4-5.2), MCV low 68 (70-86), rdw. Rbc high 19.8 (12-16)?

19 months old anisocytosis 1+, microcytes 1+, ovalocytes 1+, poikilocitosis 1+, RBC count high 5.6 (4-5.2), MCV low 68 (70-86), rdw. Rbc high 19.8 (12-16)?

Iron deficiency: Without having more a picture of what is going on, those numbers would be consistent with iron deficiency, especially given the age of the child. Iron studies should be performed to confirmed. Does the child drink a significant amount of milk (>18 oz per day)? A trial of oral iron (not just what is found in multivitamins) would be a reasonable thing to try. ...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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MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - what could this mean? Feel trembling, migraine, weakness

MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - what could this mean? Feel trembling, migraine, weakness

Doubtful significanc: These are called red cell indices. They do not have much meaning unless you can give us results of your CBC, especially your Hemoglobin (Hb) level and other numbers: Platelet count and WBC count. ...Read more

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Help!! What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin, low hemocrait, low mcv, low mch, low mchc high rdw, high iron binding capacity, low ferritin?

Iron deficiency: You and your physician need to find the cause. It may be anything from heavy periods to non-supplementing vegetarianism to a bleeding gut ulcer or tumor to hookworm to a host of others. Good luck finding the real cause. You wil feel better when you are treated. ...Read more

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I have been on ppi meds for 7 yrs and worry about b12. I had labs with mcv=87.7 & rdw=14 (high on my report). Am I low on b12? Is it ok to supplement

I have been on ppi meds for 7 yrs and worry about b12. I had labs with mcv=87.7 & rdw=14 (high on my report). Am I low on b12? Is it ok to supplement

The way to know: If B12 deficient is to be tested. A high MCV (usually over 100, but not always) is suggestive. I wouldn't take B12 without being deficient. ...Read more