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Red Blood Cell Donation Side Effects
Can u die from low red blood cell count and what other side effects can you get, my body goes cold I get pins and needles in my hand and feet, get dizzy?
See your PCP: Anemia is the most common blood condition in the U.S. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, your body will not get enough oxygen. Left untreated, anemia can cause numerous complications and death. Treatments for anemia range from taking supplements to receiving medical procedures. See your primary care doctor. ...Read more
Apheresis plasma return failure and swelling during double red blood cell donation procedure, what does this mean?
Vein perforation: The message is just the machine reporting it could not return the plasma (=failure). The swelling most likely means the needle unknowingly punctured the back wall of the vein--so drawing was OK, but return allowed it to leak out and make a bruise (that might be light in color since the RBCs were removed). Local warm compresses should help resolve it quicker. ...Read more
Preservative: It is attributed to the preservative solution in the system, which I believe can cause a mild reduction in calcium level (why they often offer calcium-based antacid to counter it). It usually resolves on its own after several minutes, and the antacid can speed the process. ...Read more
Many: 1/3 the field of hematology is devoted to RBC disorders (the other 2/3 is platelets and wbc's). The most common disorder is anemia which may be caused by a large variety of conditions. One could have the opposite disorder of too many red blood cells and this is known as erythrocytosis. One could have red cells that are filled with unusual hemoglobin such as the thalassemias. ...Read more
Reproduction: Normal cell have a negative for reproduction while abnormal cell have no feedback and reproduce freely ...Read more
Many things: A not so specific term that could mean low count, pale in color or lacking iron or hemoglobin, irregular instead of round shape, etc. Often in CBC, we see red cell count and indices: RBC, Hemoglobin, mean cell volume, mean cell hemoglobin with a normal range compared to a patient. Abnormal red blood cell may mean low or high in any of indices. In blood smear, these abnormalities are seen too. ...Read more
Many possibilities: RBC morphology is the appearance of the red cells under the microscope. The are numerous abnormalities that can occur in different types of illness. Some of these may be due to a primary blood disorder such as sickle cell anemia. Others may be due abnormalities such as iron deficiency. Others may occur as a result of other diseases such as kidney failure. Some are of no consequence. ...Read more
For function: The purpose of the RBC is to transport oxygen via the hemoglobin/Fe molecule. In order to optimize the amount of hemoglobin present the cell is devoid of a nucleus and cytoplasmic components. This allows the maximum number of oxygen molecules to be present in each RBC. The cell has the other job of being able to circulate via the microvessels to deliver the O2. Its disc shape provides entry. ...Read more
Not much: This test is of limited value. All you need to know is that your hemoglobin (hb) is normal...That is all you need to worry about the red blood cells. If the hb is low, then you need to have your doctor find the cause and treat it. ...Read more
Stop worrying: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If your hemoglobin is low-ish and your red cells quite small, you may have thal minor, which is important to know if your spouse also has it. Best wishes. ...Read more
Hemoglobin 12-16: There is more than one way to measure red cells. The most meaningful is hemogllbin level, and should be 11.5 - 15 or so in a woman, and 13.7 - 16.7 in men. The actual range varies with each lab and instrument used to measure. An older way of measuring, hematocrit is about 3 times the hemoglobin. The actual red cell count is usually 5, 000, 000, but doesn't carry as much information as hemoglobin. ...Read more
Anemia can be due to: Low red blood count is best measured as hemoglobin (hb) level. Normal hb level is over 12 grams. If yours is below 12 grams, go see your doctor as you will need to get some additional blood tests done, like checking your blood iron levels. The commonest cause of low red count is iron defiiciency (in women particulalrly). ...Read more
Your body may increase red blood cell production to compensate for any condition that results in low oxygen levels, including:
•Congenital heart disease in adults
•A condition present at birth that reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells (hemoglobinopathy)
•COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseases
•Nicotine dependence (smoking)
Certain drugs stimulate the production of red blood cells, including:
•Blood doping (transfusion)
•Injections of a protein (erythropoietin) that enhances red blood cell production
Increased red blood cell concentration
•Dehydration (If the liquid component of the blood (plasma) is decreased, as in dehydration, the red blood cell count increases. This is due to the red blood cells becoming more concentrated. The actual number of red blood cells stays the same.)
Rarely, in some kidney cancers and sometimes after kidney transplants, the kidneys might produce too much erythropoietin. This enhances red blood cell production.
Bone marrow overproduction
•Other myeloproliferative disorders ...Read more
Causes of anemia can be classified as ;
1. Impaired rbc production, such as iron or Folic Acid deficiency or aplastic anemia.
2. Increase rbc destruction, such as sickle cell anemia.
3. Blood loss, such as trauma or surgery or bleeding.
4. Fluid overload, such as pregnancy, excess sodium or fluids. ...Read more
Depends on chemo: If problem related to diet then use of iron products may help or change in diet. Effect of chemo reduces both RBC and WBC. The RBC can be increased using erythropoietin and the WBC by adding Neupogen but if chemo high the drugs may only moderate extent of fall. Otherwise they can help restore marrow replacement of WBC and RBC. ...Read more
What is it?: You need to tell us the level of your hemoglobin (hb). Then we can help youi to interpret it depending on if it is high or low. ...Read more
Depends on reason: The reason for the level is important. A therapeutic blood draw can be done but before you do anything see you medical provider. ...Read more
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