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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Divalproex sodium has affected my platlets and red blood cell indices (e.G., mcv). Does Neurontin (gabapentin) have similar effects?
No: Neurontin (gabapentin) has a more favorable side effect provide as compared to valproic acid. Hematologic derangement is extremely rare with neurontin (gabapentin). Valproic acid may however be more effective in the treatment of your specific epileptic disorder. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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