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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 does it mean when you have abnormally small red blood cells?

What does it mean when you have abnormally small red blood cells?

Microcytosis causes: Abnormally small red cells may be due to a number of reasons that include acquired or hereditary disorders of the main protein found in red cells-called hemoglobin. The most common causes inlclude iron deficiency, anemia of chronic disease and rarer forms such as sideroblastic anemias and thallasemias. If you or someone you know has this result in CBC, plase consult your MD, a hematologist now. ...Read more

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Small red blood cells high CRP swollen glands in neck and one arm pit weight loss feeling unwell sometimes fever tired all the time?

Small red blood cells high CRP swollen glands in neck and one arm pit weight loss feeling unwell sometimes fever tired all the time?

Systemic disease: This cannot be diagnosed over the internet. It sounds as if you are in the process of having an extensive evaluation and would continue with this. It requires a stepwise analysis of each and every finding to finally arrive at a specific explanation for the problems. This could be a primary blood disorder or an infection or both. Good luck and best wishes. ...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 causes enlarge red blood cells?

What causes enlarge red blood cells?

Several: There are multiple causes of enlarged red blood cells, which is termed macrocytosis, and most of them are easily corrected. Two of the most common causes are deficiencies in vitamin B12 and folic acid, which are frequently associated with anemia, as well. However, there are also other important causes such as hypothyroidism, disorders of the bone marrow itself and some medications. ...Read more

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What can cause red blood cells to be improperly formed?

Depends: What do you mean by improperly formed? Spherocytosis is due to defect ina membrane protein. Hemoglobinopathies can also result in abnormal shapes. Angiopathic anemia is another cause. Iron, folate and B12 deficiencies could also result in abnormal size and shape. ...Read more

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What causes red blood cells to become larger than normal?

What causes red blood cells to become larger than normal?

Quite a few things: Vitamin deficiencies (folate (folic acid) or b12), medications, inefficient blood cell production (myelodysplasia) to name a few. If the macrocytosis is significant a work up by a hematologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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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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What causes red blood cells back fast after losing blood?

What causes red blood cells back fast after losing blood?

Feedback mechanism: There are lot of old tails, but your body takes care of itself, it signals your bone marrow to make more blood, when you lose some. ...Read more

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Infant with bite marks in red blood cells. What can cause this?

Infant with bite marks in red blood cells. What can cause this?

G6PD deficiency: This is a classic term. The oxidized hemoglobin forms a heinz body which the spleen pits out, leaving a little bite mark. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes enlarged red blood cells?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes enlarged red blood cells?

Multiple reasons: Macrocytosis (larger than normal red blood cells) can have multiple causes including: vitamin b-12/folate deficiency, myelodysplastic syndromes, aplastic anemia, alcoholism, leukemia, vitamin c deficiency, vitamin e deficiency, certain medications (chemotherapy), chronic infections, genetic disorders, liver disease, splenectomy, thyroid disorders, hemorrhage, hemolytic anemia, malaria. ...Read more

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My blood test showed I had elevated/high red blood cells than normal. What can be the cause and can it be a health hazard?

My blood test showed I had elevated/high red blood cells than normal. What can be the cause and can it be a health hazard?

Need more info: How elevated? Do you smoke? Have a respiratory or cardiac disease? See this site of more information and discuss the matter with your doctor.
http://www. Mayomedicallaboratories. Com/test-catalog/clinical+and+interpretive/84160. ...Read more

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I just had a bunch of blood work and he said my red blood cells are small but he didn't really explain what does this mean?

Nothing by itself: Ask your physician to explain at your next opportunity. Are you iron deficient? Do you have thalassemia minor? ...Read more

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I have been told by a few doctors that my red blood cells are large what is the cause? I've have not been given an answe r

I have been told by a few doctors that my red blood cells are large what is the cause? I've have not been given an answe r

Macrocytosis: Large red cells, measured by the MCV or mean corpuscular volume, are most commonly caused by drinking alcohol, an underactive thyroid, certain medications, viyamin B12 orfolate deficiency, an excess of new red blood cells (reticulocytosis), or bone marrow disorders such as myelodysplastic syndrome. A hematologist can make the diagnosis easily but may need to perform a bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more

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What causes red blood cells to come in urine?

Many causes: Bladder or kidney infection, kidney or bladder stone; interstitial cystitis; various kidney diseases (usually associated with protein in urine); cancer of bladder, kidney, prostste or urethra; benign microscoic hematuria. Should always be checked out. ...Read more

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What diseases may cause to lower the blood sodium level and raise red blood cells?

What diseases may cause to lower the blood sodium level and raise red blood cells?

Several: The first thing I think of with this combination is someone trying to lose weight using a diuretic, or an athlete who's rehydrated insufficiently using only water. There will be additional findings in any serious illness that runs with these labs. Pathologists are lab physicians and our first rule is, "look at the person, not the numbers." good luck. ...Read more

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My baby is having a problem with his blood clotting too fast and his white and red blood cells are low what could this be caused from

My baby is having a problem with his blood clotting too fast and his white and red blood cells are low what could this be caused from

Consult ped hematolo: Consult a pediatric hematologist
we do not have enough information to answer your question
we need detailed report of your blood count
wbcs, rbcs, platlet count and other values and what you mean by blood clotting too fast. ...Read more

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What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

Quite a few things: Infection, myeloproliferative disease, chronic leukemias, physiologic stress, medications and heavy smoking to name a few. ...Read more

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I have red blood cells, blood and protein in my urine, pain under ribs what causes this please, ?

I have red blood cells, blood and protein in my urine, pain under ribs what causes this please, ?

See ur Dr right: Away. Your symptoms suggest infection and/or inflammation of ur kidneys. Take care! Http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/glomerul. Cfm. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause high red blood cells and high risk of stroke?

Is there anything that can cause high red blood cells and high risk of stroke?

Polycythemia vera: Primary conditions are those that increase the replication of red blood cells in the bone marrow, these are known as polycythemias or myeloproliferative disorders. Many secondary conditions exist that can cause high red blod cells as well: including; cancer, altitude, and hypoxic disease to name a few... ...Read more

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Hi, what causes the red blood cells to be tinny and not able to carry the oxygen adicuately? James

It is not becaue: Are tiny (microcytic) that they do not carry oxygen. It is because they do not have adequate /the right amount of iron or globulin that make up hemoglobin in them. The reason why they become small is due to the deficiency of either the heme component or globulin component of the hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen ...Read more

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What is something that can cause high red blood cell count along with smaller then normal red blood cells?

What is something that can cause high red blood cell count along with smaller then normal red blood cells?

Thalassemia: The most connon would be thalassemia minor or trait, an inherited disorder characterized by an increased number of rbcs that are smaller than normal in size, usually with mild anemia. These are disiases where to body has trouble making enough hemoglobin and are congenital. There are some other, more rare conditions as well that can do it. ...Read more

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I had a blood work up recently and found that I am very anemic and that I have both small and large red blood cells, what does this mean?

I had a blood work up recently and found that I am very anemic and that I have both small and large red blood cells, what does this mean?

Poor nutrition: 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, it appears that you may be deficient in iron, folic acid and/or B12. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for the proper treatment. In the meantime you could start taking oral iron supplements and multivitamin with B12. ...Read more

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Hello! I've recently had a blood test done and got told while I'm not anemic I have too many red blood cells and their small. What does this mean?

Hello! I've recently had a blood test done and got told while I'm not anemic I have too many red blood cells and their small. What does this mean?

Thal minor, I bet: This is quite common and is usually caused by beta-thalassemia minor. Any competent general physician can do the workup to confirm it. If you do have thal minor, and you marry someone else who has it, the double-dose can cause you to have a child with thal major, which is horrible. Otherwise, it's a total non-problem. Best wshes. ...Read more

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I went for live blood analysis nd my red blood cells were "sticky" cause I consume a lot of sugar in my diet will this affect my fertility in any way?

I went for live blood analysis nd my red blood cells were "sticky" cause I consume a lot of sugar in my diet will this affect my fertility in any way?

Health Fraud: You have been the victim of a vicious, cruel health fraud. The operator (who may be self-deceived) shows you your own blood under phase-contrast microscopy. The variables of temperature and individuality affect cell movement and plasma differently, protein precipitates' brownian movement mimics microbes, and they'll try to frighten you. Contact your local prosecuting attorney. ...Read more

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My aunt suffers from loss of red blood cells doctors told her that she has a virus that destroy them. What is this virus? What else cause rb cells loss?

My aunt suffers from loss of red blood cells doctors told her that she has a virus that destroy them. What is this virus? What else cause rb cells loss?

Check this out: There are many diseases and conditions which cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal such as vitamin deficiency anemia, leukemia, aplastic anemia, cancer, certain medications, and hypothyroidism among others. You should get this checked out further with lab testing to try to focus in on the cause of your problem. Have a great day! ...Read more

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I have constant pain by my kidney and also have both white, & red blood cells in urine. What could be the cause?

I have constant pain by my kidney and also have both white, & red blood cells in urine. What could be the cause?

#1= infection, #2 =?: Obviously you've had a urinalysis. The next step would to go over this with your M.D. The question is what caused the infection, and is it secondary to other problems such as kidney stones, some other inflammatory process (of which there are many). Autoimmune diseases, reactions to medications are all possible. ...Read more