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What does a high RDW indicate?

What does a high RDW indicate?

High red cell: Turn over. Rdw is the term for variation in red cell size and is elevated in iron deficiency anemia, hemolytic anemia, following blood loss or any other state in which red cells are being lost and generated at an increased rate. ...Read more

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Does high RDW indicate diabetes?

Does high RDW indicate diabetes?

No: This is nonspecific without the rest of the cbc. Sometimes noted with hereditary anemias i.e. Thalassemia. Can also be noted with polycythemia vera. By it self may not be significant. ...Read more

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What does elevated RDW indicate?

What does elevated 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

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What does a high RDW in a CBC indicate?

What does a high RDW in a CBC indicate?

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

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What could a high RDW indicate when all other levels of a CBC are in the normal range?

What could a high RDW indicate when all other levels of a CBC  are in the normal range?

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

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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?

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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

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9 monts baby boy bt results indicate low hct, high RDW and high abs monocyte... What means?

9 monts baby boy bt results indicate low hct, high RDW and high abs monocyte... What means?

Blood test: It appears that he has iron deficient anemia. Reduce milk intake and increase green vegetables and iron fortified cereals. ...Read more

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Low HCT, (decreased 10 points in 4 days) normal RDW, high MCH, low platelets. Does this indicate bleeding?

Low HCT, (decreased 10 points in 4 days) normal RDW, high MCH, low platelets. Does this indicate bleeding?

A problem: with falling hematocrit can indicate either bleeding or destruction of red cells in the body. Since your platelets are also low, this finding suggests destruction. You should see your doctor ASAP for more thorough evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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?

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?

Everybody...: ...Is "susceptible" to HIV - as in, able to catch it if exposed. If the question is "do I have hiv, " only an HIV test can answer that with any degree of reliability, and the tests you mention do not help with that question one way or another. ...Read more