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What causes red blood cells to sickle?

What causes red blood cells to sickle?

Hemoglobin S: A genetic variant of hemoglobin, called hemoglobin s causes sickling when hemoglobin loses oxygen. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


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My iron serum (sideremia) it s lower than normal (39 to 50/170 ug/dl) . I have to worrying? Hemoglobin and red blood cells are ok. Thank you. Kr

My iron serum (sideremia) it s lower than normal (39 to 50/170 ug/dl) . I have to worrying? Hemoglobin and red blood cells are ok. Thank you. Kr

If the Hemoglobin is: Normal hemoglobin, then there is nothing to worry about. Serum iron value is only meaningful if thee is presence of anemia(low hemoglobin). Otherwise there is no reason to check serum iron level.. ...Read more

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What does high red blood cells mean?

What does high red blood cells mean?

A lot: Could mean dehydration, sometimes can signify a myeloproliferative disorder. Also if the hemoglobin is low and the rbcs are high, could mean there is a blood disorder called thalassemia. Either way, it should be evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What do low red blood cells signify?

What do low red blood cells signify?

Anemia: Low red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (Hgb), and hematocrit (Hct) all measure the amount of RBCs in your blood. Low numbers mean there are too few. This can cause fatigue or weakness depending on the level. Go over your lab tests with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause red blood cells to die?

What can cause red blood cells to die?

Old age: Red cells have a limited life span of only about 120 days. Some disorders shorten the life span of red cells, e.g., auto-immune hemolytic anemia, hemoglobin disorders like sickle cell disease, malaria, artificial valves, severe exercise etc. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What does red blood cells in urin mean?

What does red blood cells in urin mean?

Not specific: Could be seen with a kidney stone, cancer, injury to the kidney tubules, and many other things. ...Read more

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What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

Small red cells: Your bone marrow makes lots of different types of cell. The red cells go thur a number of steps before they "graduate" You can think of small cells graduating too early. They are pushed out, most often because you are anemic. ...Read more

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What are the effects of low white and red blood cells?

What are the effects of low white and red blood cells?

Many: Low white cells or leukopenia predisposes to recurrent infections usually bacterial in nature. Low red cells causes anemia and secondary reduction in oxygenation. This can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure, . ...Read more

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What does it mean to have high levels of red blood cells?

Too many RBCs: You may have acondition known as polycythemia vera. To need to be seen and evaluated by a hemotologist. ...Read more

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What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usually it is because of increased thickness of blood (viscosity). ...Read more

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Is human blood the color red because of the high number of red blood cells?

Yes: Yes, and because red blood cells contain hemoglobin. Each hemoglobin molecule contains iron - red. ...Read more

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How to treat low red blood cells ?

How to treat low red blood cells ?

First find the cause: You need to tell us the complete story. Do you have anemia? What is your hemoglobin level? You should be seen by a doctor right away to find the cause of your low red blood cells l(Anemia). ...Read more

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What makes red blood cells go into your urine?

What makes red blood cells go into your urine?

Nephritis,stones, CA: Nephritis is inflammation of the filtering units. Stones could cause bleed due to scratching the tissues. Cancer also could bleed. Also, urine infection sometimes causes blood in urine. ...Read more

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What happens to your red blood cells during leukemia?

What happens to your red blood cells during leukemia?

Anemia is common.: Both during the diagnosis and during treatment, anemia is common. Leukemia and the treatments cause red blood cells not to be produced normally, which causes anemia. This often requires transfusions. ...Read more

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Could having too many red blood cells for a 5yo be a good thing?

Could having too many red blood cells for a 5yo be a good thing?

Doubt it: A healthy blood cell count implys that it is in high enough in quantity to do the work but not so high that it plugs up the system. Blood is a complex blend of cells & liquids that must flow thru our "plumbing". Too many red cels will lead to blockage, like your toilet backing up, and clogs will mean no nutrients get thru. ...Read more

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My daughters red blood cells could be rupturing. What does this mean and should I be concered?

Many possible causes: There are many possible causes for hemolysis (rupture of red blood cells). These many causes can range from not really being noticeable to the patient to being life-threatening. The most important thing is to determine the cause and closely follow red blood cell levels. Many causes are treatable, and some even go away on their own. Close followup is essential. ...Read more

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Is 32 red blood cells in urine high?

Yes: This is microscopic hematuria. May be of little or no consequence, but, should be worked up. Could be due to kidney stone, uti, interstitial cystitis, kidney disease, urethral stricture, or something more serious like.Bladder or kidney cancer. ...Read more

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