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What does a low RDW mean on a blood test?

What does a low RDW mean on a  blood test?

Means nothing: A high RDW is a measure of the variability in size among red cells. When it is low, it's a fluke of statistics, and you should ignore it -- lab "normals" are set so that a few healthy folks lie outside. I run a high RDW as a frequent blood donor, and elevation is a common first-hint that something may be unusual; many healthies have high rdw's for various reasons. Labs mean nothing in isolation. ...Read more

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High RDW and low MCH means?

High RDW and low MCH means?

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

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What does low MCV and high RDW means?

What does low MCV and high RDW means?

Iron deficiency.: These findings on a CBC usually mean iron deficiency. There are other causes of low MCV including thalassemia, sideroblastic anemia & lead poisoning. These are rare conditions. Iron def. Is common, and usually means blood loss. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?

What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?

Nothing.: Mcv is red cell size. Rdw is the variation in red cell size. A low RDW has no meaning. Gfr is a way of measuring kidney function, and a GFR over 60 is of no concern. ...Read more

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My son (13) has a slightly elevated RDW (14.8%) and a slightly low mchc reading (32.5%). What does this mean?

My son (13) has a slightly elevated RDW (14.8%) and a slightly low mchc reading (32.5%). What does this mean?

CBC interpretation: Please repost your question with the remainder of the CBC results (RBC, Hgb, Plt, MPV and differential) for an informed answer. ...Read more

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MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - what could this mean?

MCH is high (39.8pg) MCHC is high (376g/l) and RDW is low (10%) - MCV is normal (90.6fL) - what could this mean?

More info: Is there a family history of spherocytosis? Is there any history of jaundice (yellowness) or of enlarged spleen. Why was this group of tests done and what other tests were done? Looking forward to more info. ...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 ?m). 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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What does a high rdw, low mchc, and mch-poc, and low hemoglobin mean?

What does a high rdw, low mchc, and mch-poc, and low hemoglobin mean?

Anemia: In general terms, it signifies anemia but the high RDW means that your body (bone marrow) is making red blood cells to keep up with the demand. Good health. ...Read more