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Should I be alarmed if my RDW is 15.9 in complete blood count?

Should I be alarmed if my RDW is 15.9 in complete blood count?

Not at all: 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, your result is nothing to be concerned about, let alone being alarmed. 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. 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. ...Read more

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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


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What does a RDW of 11.4 and 36.5 MCHC mean on a Complete blood count test?

What does a RDW of 11.4 and 36.5 MCHC mean on a Complete blood count test?

Nothing: I trust all else is good. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. ...Read more

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My complete blood count results as follow:Hg 11.9;MCV 87.1; MCHC 33.7 MCH 29.3; RDW 16.4 I think all are normal except RDW what this can indicate?

My complete blood count results as follow:Hg 11.9;MCV 87.1; MCHC 33.7 MCH 29.3; RDW 16.4 
I think all are normal except RDW what this can indicate?

RDW high: If RDW is high this means the Range of Dimension Width is high, indicating the Red cell corpuscles are not the same sizes, this could be due to the Bone Marrow produced two or more of populations of Red cells. Iron deficiency is the most common cause in young female .Fragmentation of RBC could also give this which has multiple causes ranges from simple things like vigrous exercise to more serious ...Read more

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I have low rbc, hgb, hct, rdw-sd and high eos and mpv.Should i be concerned?I have neither iron deficiency nor other abnormal blood count.

It depends: It depends on what the exact finding of these values is. Sometimes these findings may be normal. Speak with your physician so he/she can properly interpret these results. ...Read more

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Why would my blood count be at 14?

Why would my blood count be at 14?

Blood count: That may be a hemoglobin which is part of red blood count. 14 is normal. Usually hemoglobin is accompanied by a hematocrit which is usually about 3 times the hemoglobin which would be about 42 in your case. A third portion of the red blood count is the total red blood cell count which is about 4.7 to 6.1 million for a male. ...Read more

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Is 12 normal for red blood count?

Incorrect value: Normal red cell count is around 5 million/cmm. Hemoglobin is around 14 gm/dl. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003644.htm. ...Read more

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What does a full blood count test?

What does a full blood count test?

Types of blood cells: A complete blood count (CBC) tests for three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It also give characteristics (size, etc) of some of these. It often includes a description of the white blood cells, called a differential. This can give additional information if the white blood cell count is high or low. ...Read more

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How can I bring white blood count up?

How can I bring white blood count up?

Depends: What is you white cell count? There are many different causes for a low WBC count and the underlying cause needs to be addressed. If your WBC count is low, please consult a doctor as it is not a do it yourself issue. ...Read more

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How do I correct a low red blood count?

How do I correct a low red blood count?

Need to find the : Cause first. How do you know that you your blood count is low? You doctor who ordered the initial test should be in the best position to describe as s/he is likely to have the additional information needed to ascertain the cause of low blood count. In general eating a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and low in saturated fats, no tobacco. Supplements may be needed. ...Read more

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Low white blood count-what can it mean?

Low white blood count-what can it mean?

Need more info: What is the actual value? What is the differential count? Do you have any symptoms? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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What does a low white blood count mean?

How low?: A low white cell count could predispose a person to infections. The reason for low white cell count may be bone marrow malfunction, excessive destruction, often in an auto-immune disorders, and occasionally due to overwhelming infection. ...Read more

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Can caffeine truly increase blood count?

Can caffeine truly increase blood count?

No: Caffeine does not affect blood counts, unless you take enough to cause dehydration, and even then it is not a real increase. ...Read more

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What is picked up in a full blood count?

What is picked up in a full blood count?

All blood cells: A complete blood count evaluates your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The numbers of each cell are counted, and the physician notes the size and shape of the cells, which tells about certain health problems. Anemia, leukemia, iron deficiency, hemolysis (red cells being destroyed), low B12 or folate (folic acid) levels, low platelets, and mononucleosis are some examples. ...Read more

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What does a "high gran blood count" mean?

What does a "high gran blood count" mean?

May be infection: 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, high counts of neutrophils are usually associated with bacterial infection. It would have been helpful to know the actual count and any symptoms you may have. ...Read more