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Often nothing: Lab reference ranges are set to that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. RDW does tend to rise as the body becomes depleted of iron, before anemia develops. If this could be you (frequent blood donor, heavy periods, vegetarian), it may be a red flag. If there's a more worrisome cause, it will be clear from the look of the peripheral smear. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HGB (low) 12.1 range 12.5-17.0
MCH (low) 26.5 range 27.0-34.0
MCHC (low) 31.6 range 32.0-36.0
RDW (high) 15.2 range 11.7-15.0?
Details: Gran% refers to type of white blood cell that fights infection. The others are descriptive terms about the red blood cells and if normal or near normal is ok. ...Read more
Nothing: Lab values without clinical information mean nothing whatever. Low RDW never means anything. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. If you feel well, forget the monos, and if the eos are below 2000, get retested next year. Now, if you are SICK ... these are great keys to help find out the cause. But don't treat numbers. Best wishes ...Read more
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
Rdw 16.2,mch 24.4,mchc31.9,hb11.9,ferritin 24 ng/ml,Iron 63 ug/dl,Tibc 360ug/dl,B12 429pg/ml.y is rdw high.no thalesemia, previos values normal.
Iron deficiency: RDW likely high because some cells are normal size, and some are abnormal (probably small). The ferritin and TIBC suggests possible iron deficiency - a low MCV (not listed) with negative history of thalassemia would help clench it. Rarer causes could be copper deficiency, vitamin B6 deficiency, or heavy metal poisoning (lead). ...Read more
I have RDW=15.3 is high and low platelets=26.
Platelets are always low, but RDW high is new. What to do with high RDW? And I am difficult to breath.
Abnormal CBC: You need to see a haematologist ASAP ...Read more