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What Does High Rdw Indicate
Non-specific: Variation in red cell size can be due to many reasons, e.g., iron deficiency, hemolytic anemia, folate (folic acid) and/or B12 deficiency. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more
Depends...: Http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/red_blood_cell_distribution_width -- RDW is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (rbc) volume. What it indicates depends on the context of other lab values and history and physical exam. ...Read more
RDW: High RDW indicates increased variability in red cell size, called anisocytosis, which is commonly found in nutritional deficiency such as iron, folate, (folic acid) and vitamin b12. High RDW alone is not specific. Combination of MCV and rdw, retic can be more suggestive. Sometime increased rbc frament can also give high rdw. Thus a blood smear review is usually helpful for high rdw. ...Read more
Hi, my rdw-cv is 15.6, hb 11.9, MCV 65, what do high rdw-cv and low MCV indicate? I am beta thalassemia. Does it only refer to thalassemia or sth els
Thal minor: You already knew. It is all part of the picture. If there is something else, could you ask again? ...Read more
Hi, I'm a 38yr old female whom recently had a complete blood work done and all came back normal except for mchc was low- 31.5 And my rdw was high at 15.5. I'm worried and want to know what this could indicate?
You are NORMAL :): If your blood tests are all normal, specifically CBC test, except for mild abnormality in MCHC and RDW, then you have NO medical conditions and you are NORMAL. Why were MCHC and RDW slightly abnormal? Most likely reason is lab error, which is very common and cannot be avoided. I strongly suspect that if you get a repeat CBC test done, your MCHC and RDW will be normal, like the rest of your tests. ...Read more
I've blood test indicate high ESR 70-110, high mchc 36.2, low RDW 30.8, high mpv 12.3, low pct 32% w/ other test normal. Am I susceptible to hiv?
Low HCT, (decreased 10 points in 4 days) normal RDW, high MCH, low platelets. Does this indicate bleeding?
What does a high RDW count 15.9, high WBC count 11.3, high neutrophil count 73.0, low lymphocyte count 20.3 mean or possibly indicate?
Nothing by itself: I've had my RDW that high just from frequent blood donations. Your absolute neutrophil count is probably high -- did you have a recent infection? A recent cold shower? As a lab specialist, I'm always reminding folks that the numbers by themselves mean nothing except in the context of the history and physical exam. If you feel well and the white cells aren't described as abnormal, don't worry. ...Read more
Have low wbc 2.2 and low rbc. High mcv and rdw. UA RBC 1+ and WBC 3+ and protein H, I don not have a bladder infection. Does this indicate anything?
Maybe serious see MD: That's a very low WBC count. Combined with anemia ("low RBC"), a serious nutritional or bone marrow problem is likely, including leukemia and other cancers. The abnormal urinalysis may be an entirely separate problem but also could be serious. You need to see a doctor -- or if already in care, ask her these questions and also whether you should see a specialist. Good luck! ...Read more
Red cell size:
Variablity. Rdw is the short term for distribution of red cell width and reflects variation in red cell size. The variation may be due hemolytic anemia, microvascular disease, hemoglobin disorders, iron deficiency anemia etc. See this site for more info.
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/2098635-overview. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: Rdw stands for red blood cell distribution width, which is a measured parameter in a CBC test. High RDW value indicates greater variation in rbc size. This may be associated with iron deficiency anemia, folate/b12 deficiency anemia, mixed deficiency, recent hemorrhage, . ..Etc. ...Read more
My rdw-cv is 19.6% and is high. What other tests are required and what are the possible health problems.
CBC.: Rdw-cv measures the variability of red cell size. It is useful in finding the cause of anemia, or detecting early deficiencies of iron, B12 or folic acid. Rdw can be effected by alcohol, medications, chronic health conditions, so is not helpful by itself. It has to be viewed in the context of the rest of the CBC (complete blood count) and your health history. ...Read more
Need more info: Why were these tests done? What are the rest of results? What are the actual values of MCV, MCH, MPC and RDW. It would be helpful to discuss these results with your doctor who knows your health history. ...Read more
Blood count terms:
Rdw means red cell distribution width, which is the range of values for the width of your red blood cells. A higher number could mean that you are making lots more red cells for some reason.
Mch mean mean (or average) red cell hemoglobin, which is the amount of hemoglobin in each red blood cell. If it's low, this means that your cells aren't carrying as much hemoglobin as they should. ...Read more
Hematology: If the red cell, total white blood cell and platelet counts, as well as the MCV and MCH are all normal, the low MCHC and high RDW may not be significant or diagnostic. Low lymphocytes combined with high neutrophils can be seen in certain infections, use of corticosteroids, or in blood dyscrasias. However this question can be better answered by your MD (who knows your results) or a hematologist ...Read more
Size variation: It means nothing by itself; plus, hopefully you know that all lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Early iron deficiency raises RDW before anemia begins but often it's up for no apparent reason. Mine's usually high because I donate blood. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
Don't Rx a lab: Early iron deficiency often does this, but remember that lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Especially, don't get all worried about trying to adjust a lab value back into reference range; something is always outside. ...Read more
High GFR ---the kidney function is better than normal. If from a 24 hour urine over collection. If not, and this is from blood work, diabetes with kidney disease causing the globulin (kidney filters) to overwork or pregnancy.
Rdw--nothing to worry unless anemic or too many rbcs.
High creatinine-- kidney disease, excessive protein intake, bactrim/tagamet use, dehydration. ...Read more
Iron supplements: Low MCV points to iron deficiency. High RDW points to the body making blood cells at a higher rate than normal. An iron supplement might be a good idea, be it from a pill, diet or both. However, you need to check with the doc who ordered these tests to make sure there isn't something else going on. ...Read more
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