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What do I need to do when I have microcytic red blood cells?

What do I need to do when I have microcytic red blood cells?

Evaluate: Microcytic anemia can be caused from iron deficiency, thalessemia, chronic disease, or sideroblastic anemia, so the first thing is to determine the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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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What are microcytic red blood cells?

What are microcytic red blood cells?

Small cells: Microcytic red blood cells are small rbcs - usually caused by low iron from decreased iron stores or blood loss. ...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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Where are red blood cells produced?

Where are red blood cells produced?

Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produced in other organs such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What causes enlarge red blood cells ?

What causes enlarge red blood cells
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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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Why might red blood cells be high in children?

Why might red blood cells be high in children?

See below: Partially because they adapted to grow inside of the womb in hypoxic environment. But there are many other reasons, such as shorter life span of the red blood cells compare to adults and more bone marrow production, it could be also dehydration, or living in high altitude or some other hematological problems. ...Read more

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How to determine osmolaritiy of red blood cells?

How to determine osmolaritiy of red blood cells?

No need: There is no medical need to determine the osmolarity of red cells. Osmotic fragility of the red cells is a test for spherocytosis. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics unique to red blood cells?

What are the characteristics unique to red blood cells?

No nuclei: Red cells do not have nuclei, have a biconcave shape and are bags of hemoglobin. Size is about 7 microns. 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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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 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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