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What does low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low much and high rdw mean? My labs have been like this for over a year

What does low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low much and high rdw mean? My labs have been like this for over a year

Anemia: Depending on other lab values you may have a B12 or folate (folic acid) deficiency as well, would need more info on your case. You are welcome to make a HealthTap Prime or Concierge appointment with me and we can review all the labs and your current medical history. Then I can give you a much better idea of what you are dealing with. ...Read more

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What could it mean if you have low RDW, high momocytes, & High eosinophils on a lab result?

What could it mean if you have low RDW, high momocytes, & High eosinophils on a lab result?

Nothing: Lab values without clinical information mean nothing whatever. Low RDW never means anything. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. If you feel well, forget the monos, and if the eos are below 2000, get retested next year. Now, if you are SICK. .. these are great keys to help find out the cause. But don't treat numbers. Best wishes ...Read more

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Quest Lab--Iron % Saturation: 17 Low, Ferritin: 13 ng/ml Low, RDW 15.1 a little high. What does this mean and what do I do about it?

Quest Lab--Iron % Saturation: 17 Low, Ferritin: 13 ng/ml Low, RDW 15.1 a little high. What does this mean and what do I do about it?

Cells: RDW is the calculation of the difference in cell size. The MCV is a better indicator of the actual size of the red cells and if below 80 is considered microcytic. With iron deficiency the cells are smaller than normal. The high RDW can mean some cells are being pushed out of the marrow early and those immature forms are larger. The rest of the blood work report is needed. See provider soon. ...Read more

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Hi. I recently found out I'm pregnant and had my labs drawn. My MCH and mchc were slightly elevated and my RDW was slighlty low. What could this mean?

Hi. I recently found out I'm pregnant and had my labs drawn. My MCH and mchc were slightly elevated and my RDW was slighlty low. What could this mean?

Sphereocytoses: Sphereocytoses is an rbc product that has a greatter volume than normal rbcs, consequently its size is smaller but the MCH and MCHC elevations are consistent with a spherocyte which is more like a ball than a checker which explains the difference in volume. ...Read more

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Just had labs done. Low RBC, HGB, HCT, Ferritin, Vit D. High RDW, TBil, Chloride. What does this mean? Treatment?

Just had labs done. Low RBC, HGB, HCT, Ferritin, Vit D. High RDW, TBil, Chloride. What does this mean? Treatment?

Out of Context: It is not our place to interpret your labs without the full lab results, access to your health care history, physical exam and the very reason the tests were done in the first place. This interpretation of labs must come from the professional caring for you who ordered them. The question you have asked us is impossible to answer on the internet. ...Read more

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Can my hemoglobin be low and my RDW be high because I just came off my menstrual? All other labs normal

Can my hemoglobin be low and my RDW be high because I just came off my menstrual? All other labs normal

Iron: Yes, in young woman like yourself, menstrual period- especially if you have heavy period- you can have iron deficiency anemia- that can be presented with low hemoglobin and elevated rdw. Having said that other condition beside iron deficiency can also give the same presentation. Go to see your md and get your iron checked at the very least. ...Read more

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What doe it mean if RDW lab is low?

What doe it mean if RDW lab is low?

All cells same size.: The red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of variation of red cell volume that is reported as part of a blood count. Usually red blood cells are a standard size (6-8 μm). Certain disorders, however, cause a significant variation in cell size. Low RDW means less variation in size and can be seen when all cells are large (macrocytic anemia) or all cells are small (microcytic anemia). ...Read more

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Should I be concerned I got my labs back my RDW and monocytes is high. My seg neutrophils is low..

See below: The full report is needed to provide a meaningful opinion. 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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I have an elevated RDW & also an elevated immature granulocyte count on labs done today. Any need for concern?

Perhaps: A slightly elevated RDW is really no cause for concern. The immature granulocytes (bands) are seen in inflammation, infection, etc. There is usually a reason. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what these lab results mean, MCH 25.4, mchc 30.4, RDW 17.3?

Can you tell me what these lab results mean, MCH 25.4, mchc 30.4, RDW 17.3?

RBC characteristics: These are characteristics of red blood cells, indicating how large they are, how much hemoglobin is present in each and how much variation is present. They provide clues to vitamin and iron deficiences and congenital disorders and medication reactions. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin is always slightly low (in the 10's all the time) my RDW is always high, every other lab normal- is this related to lupus?

My hemoglobin is always slightly low (in the 10's all the time) my RDW is always high, every other lab normal- is this related to lupus?

May be: Lupus is reaponsible for several types of anemia. Chronic disease, iron deficiencymhemolysisn. Your dr needsnto study the type of anemia you have and givebthe proper therapynor find out what isbthe reason fornthe anemiantomunderstand what is going on. ...Read more

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I have been on ppi meds for 7 yrs and worry about b12. I had labs with mcv=87.7 & rdw=14 (high on my report). Am I low on b12? Is it ok to supplement

I have been on ppi meds for 7 yrs and worry about b12. I had labs with mcv=87.7 & rdw=14 (high on my report). Am I low on b12? Is it ok to supplement

The way to know: If B12 deficient is to be tested. A high MCV (usually over 100, but not always) is suggestive. I wouldn't take B12 without being deficient. ...Read more

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I had blood lab work done. My MCH was high, RDW low, and mpv low, creat low. I have been fatigued etc. Is there any follow up tests I should ask for?

Fatigue: There are other things to be check for fatigue including thyroid cortisol and your testosterone level. If your fatigue is persisting and sever these are the things that should be checked. ...Read more

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I had labs run for a work physical. Cbc came back: mcv: 101; rdw: 16.0; platelets: 567; monocytes: 14 (all labeled high). Does this need follow up?

I had labs run for a work physical. Cbc came back: mcv: 101; rdw: 16.0; platelets: 567; monocytes: 14 (all labeled high). Does this need follow up?

Yes, follow up: You didn't mention what your hemoglobin or hematocrit were, but your MCV indicates you could have an type of anemia or a problem in your bone marrow. High platelets can go along with this -- or possibly other conditions which can lead to abnormal blot clotting. Did your own doctor order these tests, and can you not ask him/her about the results? They do need follow up. ...Read more

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My lab results came back that I have high rdw, low mch and low mcv. I'm sick every month. Nausea and vomiting. I need help. Its hard for me to eat also?

My lab results came back that I have high rdw, low mch and low mcv. I'm sick every month. Nausea and vomiting. I need help. Its hard for me to eat also?

You have anemia: You have some form of anemia in all likelihood. Your red cell count is may be lower than normal and that could be due to a number of factors. Your labs suggest that there is at least an iron deficiency but there could also be other problems. The high RDW tells us that your bone marrow is working to produce more cells but their quality may not be high if you are deficient in iron or zinc. ...Read more

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For 1 yr under care of hem/onc for possible chronic leukemia. Discharged to pcp. Just had labs done and wbc, rdw, poly#mono# high, low mchc. What now?

For 1 yr under care of hem/onc for possible chronic leukemia. Discharged to pcp. Just had labs done and wbc, rdw, poly#mono# high, low mchc. What now?

Follow-up: There are different types of chronic leukemia that would be approached differently. What is most important is the trend of the blood counts as well as symptoms you are having. Talk with your pcp about the changes and any concerns you have about the blood counts. ...Read more

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Labs: *MILDLY* LOW: RBC, Hgb, Hematocrit. Ferritin/Iron studies are normal. Serum Folate is LOW. Would MCV + RDW have to be HIGH for Folate-Anemia?

Labs: *MILDLY* LOW: RBC, Hgb, Hematocrit. Ferritin/Iron studies are normal. Serum Folate is LOW. Would MCV + RDW have to be HIGH for Folate-Anemia?

Try HealthTap PRIME: Lab results usually are numbers, and numbers are just numbers, with little meaning unless a doctor takes in the whole picture of what's going on with his patient. Getting all the details around a set of numbers is helpful in making interpretations. Try our premium forum, HealthTap PRIME, for a virtual consultation, in which a doctor can ask questions and look over the lab results to explain them. ...Read more

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Bili ALT AST elevated on off for a yr. Other labs normal high rdw. Hep viruses autoimmune disease neg. Ct fatty liver US 6 mth later nothin cirrhosis?

Bili ALT AST elevated on off for a yr. Other labs normal high rdw. Hep viruses autoimmune disease neg. Ct fatty liver US 6 mth later nothin cirrhosis?

Depends on biopsy: Cirrhosis can only be truly proven by a liver biopsy. Certain lab tests, such as bilirubin, INR, albumin, and platelets are often used as surrogate markers of liver function, and are an indirect estimator/predictor of cirrhosis. Additionally, imaging such as ultrasound or CT can suggest cirrhosis. But again, a biopsy is technically needed to prove the diagnosis of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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4 yr old has pink eye and ear infection. Labs show low lymphocytes (.9), RDW-SD 11.7, MPV 6.4, (both below range), granulocytes % high but abs cnt norm?

4 yr old has pink eye and ear infection. Labs show low lymphocytes (.9), RDW-SD 11.7, MPV 6.4, (both below range), granulocytes % high but abs cnt norm?

Cbc: You didn't give the total white blood count but for me this signifies either and early viral infection or a low greade bacterial infection. The RDW and mpv are red blood cell indices and are inconsequential as related to this infection ...Read more

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My 14yo son has chronic mouth ulcers (2yrs) and abnormal lab results. Has had 6 ulcers at one time, Magic Mouthwash clears it up, return upon stopping. Low IgM, Low Hemoglobin, MCV, MCH, MCHC, and Creatinine. Elevated RBC, RDW, and B12. W?

My 14yo son has chronic mouth ulcers (2yrs) and abnormal lab results. Has had 6 ulcers at one time, Magic Mouthwash clears it up, return upon stopping. Low IgM, Low Hemoglobin, MCV, MCH, MCHC, and Creatinine. Elevated RBC, RDW, and B12. W?

Mouth sores: Some kids get recurrent crops of mouth sores (apthous ulcers). If these happen frequently or if they interfere with oral intake, please discuss with your doctor. There are some unusual inflammatory diseases associated with mouth sores. ...Read more

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78.8 mcv, 26 mch, 15.2 rdw, 0.6 creatinine, 5 anion gap. Could you please interpret these labs for me? Thank you!

78.8 mcv, 26 mch, 15.2 rdw, 0.6 creatinine, 5 anion gap. Could you please interpret these labs for me? Thank you!

Looks like low blood: You have a low MCV and mchc. Your RDW is high and your anion gap and creatinine are normal. It looks like with your high RDW and other low blood results that you've got some anemic process going on. The high RDW could mean that there is a destructive process to your red cells as this shows a great difference in the size of your red cells. It would help to see your dr. And get a blood smear. ...Read more

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My lab work is in RBC 6.23, HCT 52.3 RDW 14.7 my doctor is not alarmed but out of range results send me to the internet should I be concerned?

My lab work is in RBC 6.23, HCT 52.3 RDW 14.7 my doctor is not alarmed but out of range results send me to the internet should I be concerned?

Internet sickness: M of unknown age, medical history such as smoker notes: Labs: RBC 6.23, HCT 52.3 RDW 14.7 my doctor is not alarmed but out of range results send me to the internet should I be concerned? ANS: Recommend only UpToDate. Com as your source of "internet" medical information. This is what I use. Reads well: subscribe and save yourself time, money & even ur life. Smoking/COPD most likely cause. ...Read more

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I have anemia. Latest test shows iron 22 %5 ferritin 2. Labs also show mch 25.4 mchc 30.7 rdw 16.6 mpv 13. Cause for worry? Connected to anemia?

Iron Deficieny: Sure looks like you have Iron deficiency. Do you get heavy periods? You have almost no storage iron or make red blood cells and this is what the low ferritin about. Take 1 iron pill a day at the least. ...Read more

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41yo F, feeling crappy 6 weeks, onset of unexplained hives, labs 8/25/16 WBC 12.5, RBC 5.36 Hgb 15.7 Hct 49.6 MCH 29.3 MCH 31.7 RDW 13.3 RDWSD 45.0?

41yo F, feeling crappy 6 weeks, onset of unexplained hives, labs 8/25/16 WBC 12.5, RBC 5.36 Hgb 15.7 Hct 49.6 MCH 29.3 MCH 31.7 RDW 13.3 RDWSD 45.0?

Need medical examina: You need to see a doctor for medical check up to find the cause of Hives. It may be an allergic reaction to a medication or any chemicals in your environment. Your WBC count is also high, but we need to know the differential count, a breakdown of WBC into its component cells. You may need to see an allergist if the hives do not go away in a few days. Specialized tests (complement levels) may help ...Read more

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I went to the lab & results are: white blood cells: 6.79 10e3/ul red blood cells: 5.47 10e6/ul. Mcv: 78.9 fl mch: 26.3 pg. Rdw: 10.9% why is this low?

I went to the lab & results are: white blood cells: 6.79 10e3/ul red blood cells: 5.47 10e6/ul. Mcv: 78.9 fl mch: 26.3 pg. Rdw: 10.9% why is this low?

Many answers: One would want the hemoglobin and hematocrit levels to more accurately answer your question. The MCV above is borderline low based on a usual normal range that starts about 80. Low iron levels are the most common cause for a low mcv. I would have the complete blood count repeated before being overly worried about the above listed values. ...Read more