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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 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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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

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What does a low hct, low hgb, and high RDW mean?

What does a low hct, low hgb, and high RDW mean?

Anemia: A low hemoglobin (HGB) and hematocrit (hct) mean that one has anemia, or low numbers of red blood cells. A high RDW (or red cell distribution width) indicates that the red blood cells are all of very different sizes. The most common thing to cause this constellation of findings is iron defciency anemia, but other things can too so it is important that your problem be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more

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My RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low. What do these results mean?

My RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low. What do these results mean?

Need a workup: Lab results mean nothing in isolation, and reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Given that, I wouldn't be surprised if you were getting a bit iron deficient, and that's a call for a workup -- are you bleeding from something troublesome like an ulcer or tumor? Your physician should know what to do. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low what does this mean?

What do you suggest if my RDW and lymph count is high and my MCV and MCH is low what does this mean?

See below: 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, low mcv and MCH and high RDW suggest iron deficiency anemia. It would be prudent to discuss it with your doctor who knows more about your health. ...Read more

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I had blood work up done. My rdw-cv came back 10.9, which is a tad low according to the range listed. What does this mean?

I had blood work up done. My rdw-cv came back 10.9, which is a tad low according to the range listed. What does this mean?

Red cell morphology: It is describing your red cell distribution size. More of a computerized data......For analysis with other CBC values. Just ignore it, if pmd has not flagged it. ...Read more

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My neutrophil and monocyte are slightly low and lymphocyte is slightly high. What could it mean? Segmented neutrophil: 34.70, lymphocyte: 59; RDW: 15

Means nothing: These fluctuate wildly hour-to-hour. Unless they are way out of reference range, they mean nothing as long as all the cells appear basically normal. ...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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What does this all mean? Low mchc and a high RDW low monocytes and a high sedimentation rate?

What does this all mean? Low mchc and a high RDW low monocytes and a high sedimentation rate?

Laboratory Results: This depends on what your physician is treating you for. These are not specific to anyone diagnosis. The MCHC and RDW are describing your red cell size. The monocytes are one type of cell you have floating in your bloodstream. The high sedimentation rate is seen in various types of inflammation. You physician will explain these as he or she proceeds to diagnose you and treat you ...Read more

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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 does it mean if my MPV is always elevated and WBC are always low? RDW is occasionally elevated but not often.

What does it mean if my MPV is always elevated and WBC are always low? RDW is occasionally elevated but not often.

CBC values: MPV=mean platelet value. Largely meaningless in most patients.
WBC=white blood cell count composed of several different cell types that respond differently, thus rising or falling variably according to the stimulus
RDW=red cell distribution width, a measure of how variable red cell sizes are, again not specific but sometimes useful if you are anemic. ...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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What does it mean if my hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCH and MCHC is low and my RDW is high?

What does it mean if my hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCH and MCHC is low and my RDW is high?

Need the numbers: 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 helped to know the actual values. It is likely that you have iron deficiency anemia which is common in menstruating women. Take oral iron and multivitamins.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Glucose is 64mg/dL, wbc 3.7 Thousand/uL, RDW 16.0% is my most recent bloodwork. Says glucose is low, wbc is low & RDW is high? What does this mean?

Glucose is 64mg/dL, wbc 3.7 Thousand/uL, RDW 16.0% is my most recent bloodwork. Says glucose is low, wbc is low & RDW is high? What does this mean?

I'm not worried: Lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. A high RDW is a first hint of possible iron deficiency before the anemia starts. How's your iron status? Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does it mean gra% MCH mchc low RDW high WBC RBC hgb normal?

Details: Gran% refers to type of white blood cell that fights infection. The others are descriptive terms about the red blood cells and if normal or near normal is ok. ...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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What does it mean when your eos, rbc and rdw are high and mcc, mch, mchc ferritin iron sat are low?

What does it mean when your eos, rbc and rdw are high and mcc, mch, mchc ferritin iron sat are low?

Need more info: 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, if your hemoglobin is also low, you likely have iron deficiency anemia which is not uncommon in women of reproductive age. Consult the doctor who ordered the tests. You may take iron and multivitamin supplements.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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From 5weeks I have flactuating temperature 35.6- 37.5. My hgb, rbc, WBC is ok. I have low gra%, MCH and mchc. My RDW is high. What does it mean?

From 5weeks I have flactuating temperature 35.6- 37.5. My hgb, rbc, WBC is ok. I have low gra%, MCH and mchc. My RDW is high. What does it mean?

# of things: It could be any of a number of things. Your doctor should see you and do a history physical, possibly run some tests, then let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What does having low HB, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC & high RDW but normal RBC & ferritin mean? HB 10 (11.2-14.1) RBC 4.15 (3.85-5.02) Ferritin 5.7 (4.6-204)

Need iron: It means you have an iron deficiency leading to anemia. It could be not enough iron in your diet to replace menstrual losses but you should check with your doctor to be sure and to receive a recommendation for treatment. ...Read more

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What does elevated RBC 5.51, RDW 14.9, neutros 8.0 neutrophilia with low MCH 25.6, mchc 318, low ferritin 6 after 3 months of iron pills was 4 mean?

What does elevated RBC 5.51, RDW 14.9, neutros 8.0 neutrophilia with low MCH 25.6, mchc 318, low ferritin 6 after 3 months of iron pills was 4 mean?

Iron def: If your ferritin is still 6 after taking the iron pills for 3 months- that means you do not have a good response from the iron pills. That could be due not absorbing well or you continue to bleed heavily etc. First, make sure you take iron 3x/day-take it in empty stomach with orange juice or vit c. If still low- consider IV iron. Also check with gyne if you have heavy periods and f/u with pcp. ...Read more