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Red Cell Anemia
My red blood cells are too small to carry enough haemoglobin, what is the name of this anemia and is it common?
Diagnosed with giant liver hemagioma size of grapefruit read online that could cause anemia because it sequesters red blood cells is that true ?
Got doc to order a peripheral smear for anemia work-up - what does this entail? Extremely labor intensive? Will they look at red or white cells/both ?
Simple test.: This just needs a drop of blood placed on a microscope slide. It is stained so the cells are visible and the blood is then evaluated under a microscope. All types of blood cells, red, white and platelet, will be seen. The test is helpful in diagnosing many different kinds of blood issues. ...Read more
I have giant red blood cells they said marcotosis without anemia and now she wants to do bonemarrow biopsy she didn't say what kind of camcer she is l?
Not cancer: Hope you feel fine and not to worry. I suppose your doc or a person in the lab told you your CBC and blood have large red cells or macrocytes. If you do not have anemia, and there is No obvious nutritional ,drug,metabolic, chemical Cause, your doctor wanted to see if there is some reason coming from your blood factory, your bone marrow. Ask your doctor for more explanations and you concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Replacement: Anemia is basically a lower than normal number of red blood cells. If it is bad enough, it may be life-threatening because red cells carry oxygen to tissues. A transfusion fixes (at least temporarily) the problem by "filling the tank". Transfusions carry their own risks and are not treated lightly by doctors! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insufficient info: It would help to have the actual value and why the tests were done? 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. ...Read more
What can cause raised red cell count but with low iron stores (anemia). White cell count is at lowest end of normal lab value?
Lots of things: First of all, "anemia" and "low iron stores" are two completely different labs. Anyone who rod you otherwise is making a common mistake. In thalassemia minor, red cells are small and their count maybe high despite a mild anemia. Insist on a complete answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doctor my anemia is due to red blood cells destruction & any iron pills not affected in my case so what can I do to increase the number & size of this?
Depends...: Anemia due due red cell destruction does not improve with iron. If cause is immune system, prednisone may help. If cause is abnormal shape of RBCs, then SEVERE cases may benefit from splenectomy. Your hematologist is best positioned to advise you. If you have thalassemia (causes small RBCs) folic acid helps a little, but there is no fundamentally effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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