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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)

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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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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