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What does my low red blood count of 4.24 mean?

What does my low red blood count of 4.24 mean?

Need more info: It may be normal for you. What is your hemoglobin? If your red cell count has been stable you can wait to discuss the matter with your doctor at the next visit. ...Read more

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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


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I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

D/w your doctor: How is your period? Is it heavy? What is your ferritin? Hemoglobin? You should see your doctor and discuss with your doctor about your blood work result. You are anemic and your serum iron is low. You may have an iron deficiency anemia which is related to your heavy cycle perhaps vs other kind of anemia. Wbc can be elevated in different settings-like bleeding, infection, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a low vitamin d and low red blood count?

What does it mean to have a low vitamin d and low red blood count?

Ca+2, Bones & Anemia: Vit d3, not d per-se, required for calcium absorption & storing in our bones. 99.9% of ca+2 in bones. Also crucial for muscle contraction, /strength, clotting, nerve conduction, etc. Low vit d3 means lower ca+2 absorption rates over time with associated problems. Rbcs with hemoglobin: the red color of blood, carry oxygen; when low (all degrees), called anemia, multiple possible reasons for low. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 deficiency. Sometimes we have a low blood cell count from bleeding or several other disorders. Elevated platelets are called thrombocytosis. Platelets are an acute phase reactant and elevate for several primary and secondary reasons. ...Read more

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What do both high red and white blood count levels along with low MCH levels and high absolute Neutrophil levels mean on a CBC lab test?

What do both high red and white blood count levels along with low MCH levels and high absolute Neutrophil levels mean on a CBC lab test?

Can't tell: without more information. Discuss this with your physician to interpret how this fits with your symptoms, physical findings, known conditions, etc. Good luck1 ...Read more

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How do I correct a low red blood count?

How do I correct a low red blood count?

Need to find the : Cause first. How do you know that you your blood count is low? You doctor who ordered the initial test should be in the best position to describe as s/he is likely to have the additional information needed to ascertain the cause of low blood count. In general eating a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and low in saturated fats, no tobacco. Supplements may be needed. ...Read more

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What causes a low red blood count and a trace amount of blood in th e urine?

What causes a low red blood count and a trace amount of blood in th e urine?

Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. ...Read more

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If someone has pernicious anemia would they have a low red blood count?

If someone has pernicious anemia would they have a low red blood count?

Yes: Macrocytic anemia due to low levels of B12 . If treated with injections of B12 the red count can return to normal. ...Read more

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How could I have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?

How could I have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?

How low?: An increase in red cell size, macrocytosis, may account for the disparity. Alcohol and low thyroid function may cause macrocytosis with near normal hemoglobin. ...Read more

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I was wondering how i could have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?

I was wondering how i could have a low red blood count (rbc) but a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit?

No!: They all go together unless you have very small sized red cells in which case you can be anemic but the red blood cell count may still be normal... As in a conditiona called thalasemia. ...Read more

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What could an abnormal red blood count mean?

High or low: It depend on if the count is higher than normal or lower than normal. Low count is more common and may be due to bleeding, iron and vitamin deficiency, etc. High count may be normal at high altitude, also occur in patients with lung or heart disease and blood cancer. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an abnormal red blood count mean?

Depends on numbers: Erythrocytes (red blood cells) carry oxygen in the blood. If the number of rbcs is decreased, then the patient is anemic. If the number of rbcs is increased then the patient is polycythemic. Anemia (too few cells) is more common and can be caused by iron deficiency among other things. I would need more information to be more specific for you. Ask your doctor about your rbc count. ...Read more

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What should I eat for low red blood count anemia?

What should I eat for low red blood count anemia?

Diet is not key: Despite all the huckstering, food choices are important in only a few relatively uncommon illnesses. You've got rheumatoid arthritis and are being treated with a powerful medication. RA itself is prone to cause a moderate anemia that will be better if your illness improves but that you can't otherwise manage. If you're anemic from some other cause, it needs to be worked up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean? Do red cell counts rise during infections?

What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean?  Do red cell counts rise during infections?

Leucocytosis: Elevated white cell count can represent many maladies in many people both male and female and also be normal in certain circumstances-like in labor!it can also be normal for certain people.Yes it does go up in infections -that being the most common condition for leucocytosis.It can also be a red flag for leukemia or other body area cancers.No-red cells do not commonly go up in infections ! ...Read more

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Can alcoholism cause low red blood count?

Can alcoholism cause low red blood count?

Yes, absolutely: Alcohol can impair blood cell production -- all types, including rbc's, wbc's, and platelets. Alcohol can interfere with iron being absorbed into hemoglobin molecules of rbc's, resulting in iron-deficiency anemia (and it can also lead to GI bleeding which causes anemia from another route). Folate (folic acid) & B12 deficiencies can result in still other kinds of anemias. http://tinyurl.com/mnpf77l. ...Read more

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Low C3 level, low hct, little low red blood count, everything else is normal(c4, iga, igb, igm, esr, ssa, ssb, ana, urinalysis) what could this be?

Low C3 level, low hct, little low red blood count, everything else is normal(c4, iga, igb, igm, esr, ssa, ssb, ana, urinalysis) what could this be?

Why the tests?: You need to give some history on yourself since no lab test can truly diagnose a disease. Anemia appears to be the most important issue and with the low c3 , you may possibly have an autoimmune type of hemolytic anemia. However this is an open issue and you should consult a hematologist to do further testing. ...Read more

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What causes a slight red blood count to be low?

What causes a slight red blood count to be low?

Several things: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

Symptoms?: Without knowing why he got his blood counts checked and what those numbers actually are, it is difficult to know what it means. Your white blood cell count can be elevated when you are fighting an infection (either viral or bacterial). The higher red blood cell count (i would be more worried if this were low) could be due to dehydration (among other things). ...Read more