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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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Packed cell volume of rbcs decreased what does this mean?!

Packed cell volume of rbcs decreased what does this mean?!

If you mean: Mcv that is mean cell volume, and low means the average size of the rbcs are small. If you are referring to hct then that means anemia. ...Read more

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My dads CBC range: RBC 3.95, haemoglobin 11.9, packed cell volume 34.9.others are all in range. He is 54yrs. Is this a serious concern. What should he do!

My dads CBC range: RBC 3.95, haemoglobin 11.9, packed cell volume 34.9.others are all in range. He is 54yrs. Is this a serious concern. What should he do!

Fecal occult blood: For an otherwise healthy man hemoglobin of 11.9 is lower than expected and occult blood loss needs to be excluded. It would be prudent to exclude blood loss in the GI tract. His doctor may start with testing for blood in the stool and go from there. The finding should not be ignored. ...Read more

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I recently got my blood report. I have c-reactive protein (c.R.P.) positive with 4.8 mg/dl & erythrocyte sedimentation rate 24 and packed cell volume 33?

I recently got my blood report. I have c-reactive protein (c.R.P.) positive with 4.8 mg/dl & erythrocyte sedimentation rate 24 and packed cell volume 33?

Inflammation: You are anemic and have inflammation. Check 25-oh vit d level. Anemia could be due to iron deficiency if having heavy periods. That can make you more toxic to cadmium a pollutant that is activated by stress and increases cr-protein. Improve health with healthy food, supplements to prevent deficiency, a good night sleep, mild exercise through the day, and de-stress. See kelly mcgonigal's book. ...Read more

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Blood test result show high packed cell volume, high RBC, high WBC and high Neutrophil count what does it mean? With Hand Burning and oral thrush.

Blood test result show high packed cell volume, high RBC, high WBC and high Neutrophil count what does it mean? With Hand Burning and oral thrush.

By itself, nothing: You're a young man and your somewhat high Hct may simply be you -- reference ranges are set so that several percent of folks fall outside on either end. Same for white count. The oral thrush, if proven, calls for a check for a few illnesses; the hands, a neuropathy workup perhaps. Labs are meaningful only in the context of clinical fnidings. Your physician owes you a full explanation. ...Read more

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Mean platelet volume 5.9 which is low. Hematocrit 45.2 slightly elevated. All other test within normal range. Any cause for concern?

No: But I am concerned that you infarcted some of your spleen, especially as a young woman. Please try to find out why -- and if it was atherosclerosis, do everything you can to keep this at bay. ...Read more

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Labs, hematocrit high 46.9, MCHC low at 31.9 and red blood cell high at 5.16. Had labs done myself. What could cause this. Anxious something's wrong!

Labs, hematocrit high 46.9, MCHC low at 31.9 and red blood cell high at 5.16. Had labs done myself. What could cause this. Anxious something's wrong!

Try HealthTap PRIME: Lab results usually are numbers, and numbers are just numbers, with little meaning unless a doctor takes in the whole picture of what's going on with his patient. "Creating patient anxiety" is one of the arguments against people doing their own lab tests. One can try HealthTap PRIME for a virtual consultation, in which a doctor can ask questions and look over the lab results, to explain them. ...Read more

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What do low levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit & red blood cell coupled with high level of bilirubin indicate?

What do low levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit & red blood cell coupled with high level of bilirubin indicate?

Anemia hyperbilirubi: Anemia and hyperbilirubinemia in a 50 yr old which is acute indicate one of two things, either hemolysis from unknown cause or underlying disease such as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, lymphoma, viruses hiv, bacterial pneumonias, connective tissue disease e.g. Systemic lupus erythematosis. Herefitary anemias thalasemias, sickle cell anemia. Liver disease, associated with anemia due to other dise. ...Read more

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My my red blood cells level is 19.7, hematocrit low, hemoglobin low, MCV low, mchc low what do this mean for my heath?

My my red blood cells level is 19.7, hematocrit low, hemoglobin low, MCV low, mchc low what do this mean for my heath?

Anemia needs exam: Hi Patricia. I need to know your real numbers. I suspect RBC is 1.97 Vs abt 5.0 for healthy. Then if Hgb, MCV, MCHC all low, you have anemia and needs treatment which Depends on cause. It can be either low production from your organ or increased turnover or blood loss. See you doc to do more tests and ask to have blood smear evaluated by hematologists pathologist. May need other specialists too. ...Read more

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Recent blood test shows low indirect bilirubin (.08)+increased blood volume (99.7)+increased hematocrit (47.2)+high WBC (14, 200). Huh?

Recent blood test shows low indirect bilirubin (.08)+increased blood volume (99.7)+increased hematocrit (47.2)+high WBC (14, 200). Huh?

Uncertain.: The WBC is definitely high, but the HCT and MCV are borderline, and thus of uncertain significance. If truly elevated, the HCT could point to a primary or secondary polycythemia, an increase in the number of red blood cells. But this could also reflect mild dehydration, and given the borderline degree could be nothing. The high WBC is real. If you have no symptoms I would just repeat in 1mo. ...Read more

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Red blood cell count. 4.26. Hemoglobin 12.6. Hematocrit 37.0%. Would these being a bit low have any afect of your body. If so what symptoms?

Red blood cell count. 4.26. Hemoglobin 12.6. Hematocrit 37.0%. Would these being a bit low have any afect of your body. If so what symptoms?

Some fatigue, etc.,,: If there is any effect on the body, it would likely be some fatigue or lethargy, and some paleness. Since your levels are on the borderline, your symptoms, if any, would be very slight. If you increase your iron intake, especially in the form of lean red meats, there should be no problem, but you can also see your doctor to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin hematocrit and red blood cell low counts and glucose and nitrogen high what is cause?

Hemoglobin hematocrit and red blood cell low counts and glucose and nitrogen high what is cause?

Numbers are numbers: Lab results are numbers, and numbers are just numbers. They have little meaning without looking at the whole person. Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cell counts means blood cells are not being made fast enough, are being lost (through bleeding), are being broken up, or any combination of such problems. Glucose goes up from increased body stress, inadequate insulin, I.V. Glucose, etc.... ...Read more

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What could cause low red blood cell count, but normal hemoglobin and hematocrit levels? Also, if it matters, which apparently it doesn't?

Red blood count is n: We rely more on hemoglobin and hematocrit levels than or red cell counts. So you can ignore your red cell count right now. ...Read more

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If I have low white blood cells, red blood cells, hemoglobin and hematocrit does that mean I have leukemia?

If I have low white blood cells, red blood cells, hemoglobin and hematocrit does that mean I have leukemia?

If you have: Low white blood cell count (leukopenia) and red blood cell count (anemia), that is 2 of the 3 main components of your blood cells (the other being platelet). If this persists, you will need to ask your healthcare provider to send you to a hematologist (blood specialist) to verify the results and proper workup to explain these results. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my red blood cell count is 5.24? it shoes as high and my hemoglobin and hematocrit levels are low?

Follow it up: Especially, ask your physician whether you have beta thalassemia minor. It's common and a non-problem, but it's worth knowing since if you marry someone else who has it, you may have a child with thal major which is very serious. ...Read more

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What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count? Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count? Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

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, it would have helped to have the actual results. Why were the tests done? What symptoms do you have? It would require taking history, physical examination and may be more tests to settle the issue. Please see your doc. ...Read more

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Low LYMPHOCYTE % 15 % L High WHITE BLOOD CELL 24.8 k/cumm H GRANULOCYTE # 19.8 k/cumm H Low MONOCYTE % 3 % L HEMATOCRIT 39.4 % L HEMOGLOBIN 13.9 gm/dL L High SEGMENTED NEUTROPHIL % 80 % H High SED RATE 18 mm/hr H?

Low LYMPHOCYTE % 15 % L High WHITE BLOOD CELL 24.8 k/cumm H GRANULOCYTE # 19.8 k/cumm H Low MONOCYTE % 3 % L HEMATOCRIT 39.4 % L HEMOGLOBIN 13.9 gm/dL L High SEGMENTED NEUTROPHIL % 80 % H High SED RATE 18 mm/hr H?

What's your question: A blood test isn't a patient; you are. You didn't just wander into a phlebotomy office and make an impulse purchase. A doctor ordered the CBC for a reason. What was the reason? Also, please repost with the discussion you had with your doctor about the significance of these results; or if you have not asked your doctor, please state why not. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of pus cells pack field?

What is the meaning of pus cells pack field?

Unclear question: Did you mean to say, pus cells per high power field? The interpretation would depend on what fluid was being examined. You may wish to restate the question with additional information. ...Read more

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How many liters of blood are lost to get 4 units of pack cells?

How many liters of blood are lost to get 4 units of pack cells?

4 g Hgb, 4 pints: A unit of blood is approximately a pint of blood. Each unit of blood (packed red blood cells) should raise the hemoglobin 1 gram per deciliter. ...Read more

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The photosensitive cells (rods and cones) in the retina are most densely packed in the fovea. What is a fovea?

The photosensitive cells (rods and cones) in the retina are most densely packed in the fovea. What is a fovea?

Central visual pit: The fovea is an anatomical pit in the center of the macular area at the back of the eye. It is a densely packed net of cones and is the part of the retina which sees the finest detail and much of the color. It is easily seen as a depression in retinal scans and as a sharp highlight with the ophthalmoscope. Be thankful for yours as it is why you can read this message. ...Read more

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Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Thalasemia: If indicated -i.e. Significant symptomatic anemia - blood transfusion is given to patient with thalassemia major. Iron cheating agents should be considered if one receives multiple blood transfusion. Pls discuss further in detail with your pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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Can medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause an increase in your white cell count?

Can medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause an increase in your white cell count?

Yes, when starting: On starting the drug, a lot of what accounts for this effect is an increase in the number of *measured* white cells. I stress measured because there are a higher number of cells that enter into circulation - but not a higher number over - caused by the start of Medrol (methylprednisolone) and doses like it. That can sometimes lead to confusion - like believing there's an infection when one does not exist. ...Read more

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How low does your body fat have to be to get a six pack?

Six pack:: Work on the process of getting healthy. If getting a six pack is a goal, do the process (excercise, eating properly etc). It does not matter waht the body fat % is. It wil be lower than the average person. But, if interested talk to sport medicine doctor to mesuare it. ...Read more

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How low does your body fat % have to be to have a nice six pack?

How low does your body fat % have to be to have a nice six pack?

Depends: Varies 10-15% for men, 15-18% for women. Lots of factors including distribution of fat, etc. ...Read more

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Have got the muscle, just too much fat so is there a way to get a six pack via a low body fat percentage in week?

Have got the muscle, just too much fat so is there a way to get a six pack via a low body fat percentage in week?

No: You can lose at most a pound or two of fat dieting. I hope you'll make this a long-term goal. It will not only make you look fantastic, but also make you feel better and stay healthy. ...Read more