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What Does High Hemoglobin Count Mean
Iron deficiency Anem: You have anemia, most probabely iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss during menstruation and elevated platlets we dont have the number is coincidental finding and do not need any therapy check with your doctor you MCV and MCH values must be low as well consult your doctor you may need iron therapy. ...Read more
Low cells: A "low blood count" usually means a low value or # of cells in the CBC (complete blood count). There are many numbers in a cbc, but the main ones are HGB (measure of red blood cells = rbc), WBC (=white bc), and platelets. The other numbers and "differential" help further clarify the cyto(=cell)penia(=low). Additional labs or a bone marrow biopsy may be necessary to evaluate. ...Read more
Context: I can drive my own neutrophil count to levels that would make my colleagues worry about leukemia simply by spending fifteen minutes swimming in the lake in march. High neutrophil counts may mean anything from stress of illness / life to serious infection to minor infection to leukemia. Your physician will agree that no number means anything in isolation. ...Read more
May be infection: 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, high counts of neutrophils are usually associated with bacterial infection. It would have been helpful to know the actual count and any symptoms you may have. ...Read more
All results: 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 would have been helpful to have all the results and actual values of the results. One possibility is deficiency of iron and folic acid and/or B12. ...Read more
It is not specific.: Increased monocytes may be caused by many different disorders. The most common causes are infection and recovery from neutropenia (low neutrophils in the blood). Other causes include collagen vascular diseases, ulcerative colitis, sprue, sarcoidosis and hematologic diseases. ...Read more
Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other types of surgery, in association with cancer, and as a result of a group of bone marrow disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms. It is very important that a high platelet count be evaluated promptly by a hematologist. ...Read more
See below: There are a huge number of possible causes and meanings for a low or high white blood cell count. Some include: infection, immune disorders, cancers, and other genetic causes. See your doctor for further infrmation and work up. ...Read more
Many things: Could be factitious or drug or associated with disease process platelet can clump leading to a falsely low count. This due to edta in the blood tube. Review of smear would clarify or could consider drawing blood in a citrated blue top tube instead of the standard purple. Drugs i.E chemotherapy and antibiotics as well as anticonvulsant and other drugs can lower the platelet count. ...Read more
Nothing by itself: Lab values are meaningless apart from the clinical picture. A high RBC count without a high hematocrit may be thal minor, or if both are up, you may be dehydrated or have any of dozens of other things going on. Whoever prescribed your antibiotic has a duty to explain what's going on & whether your high white count is from an infection. Insist your physician talk straight & answer these questions. ...Read more
Nothing: I often wish labs wouldn't even report the percentages. An absolute monocyte count over 600 will raise eyebrows if there's any suspicion of tb, sarcoid, deep fungal infection -- but it's only one tiny clue. The counts and percentages fluctuate wildly from day to day and even hour to hour. Ignore it -- you're not just a bunch of numbers -- and ask, "how do I feel?". ...Read more
WBC counts: absolute granulocyte count=total WBC count x % granulocytes This is a means of monitoring the risk of infection in people getting chemotherapy mostly, as a low absolute count are high risk for infection. It is more useful than either the total WBC or differential percentage alone. ...Read more
Large platelets or .: Mpv means mean platelet volume. It may increase if large or 'young' platelets are in the blood. Or falsely elevated due to platelet aggregation - can some times happen during blood draw and does not mean there is any illness. In patients who have low platelets high mpv may mean that the bone marrow (where platelets are made) is trying to make more platelets- young ones are usually larger size! ...Read more
Low hemoglobin/RBC.: This simply means there is a low mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (mchc), or a low average amount of hemoglobin for each red blood cell. It is a measure of the concentration of hemoglobin in a given volume of packed red blood cells. Mchc is low in microcytic anemias, like iron deficiency anemia, and thalassemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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