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Why does pneumonia decrease hemoglobin levels?

Why does pneumonia decrease hemoglobin levels?

Good question: No good answer. In the hospital, a drop in hemoglobin could be due to multiple blood draws, and or administration of intravenous fluids. Infections can suppress the bone marrow that produces red blood cells, older blood cells die earlier. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Is decreased lower left lobe pneumonia different than lower left lobe pneumonia?

Is decreased lower left lobe pneumonia different than lower left lobe pneumonia?

Don't think so: The left lung only has two lobes (upper and lower) and so the descriptions amount to the same. (The right lower lung is composed of the middle lobe and the lower lobe, so there is a chance for confusion). Decreased pneumonia means, in the opinion of the radiologist, the amount of fluid & inflammation is less than seen earlier. But the "pneumonia" must have been present earlier to have "decreased". ...Read more

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Why does MCHC and hemoglobin levels decrease for patients with pneumonia?

Why does MCHC and hemoglobin levels decrease for patients with pneumonia?

They don't: Something else is going on. If this is a homework assignment, either get clarification or report the question to your teacher's supervisor. In chronic inflammation such as leprosy or osteomyelitis, red cell precursors may not hemoglobinize well because of interleukins 1 and 6. This won't happen in an ordinary acute pneumonia. ...Read more

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What can cause a slight decrease in hgb and RBC count?

What can cause a slight decrease in hgb and RBC count?

Many things: Too many things to list! please note that it can also be normal to have a small decrease in hemoglobin and red blood cell count. To give a proper answer, one would need to look through all blood work and medication lists. ...Read more

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I am a 22 year-old male with an above average hemoglobin level of 17.7 g/dL. Is that a problem, and what can I do to decrease it?

I am a 22 year-old male with an above average hemoglobin level of 17.7 g/dL. Is that a problem, and what can I do to decrease it?

Hydrate and donate: make sure that your real level if you have the blood test in a circumstances that you could be dehydrated then your level will be higher than normal if you think your hydration was perfect at the time then you check with your physician first and ask if you can donate blood that will be one way to bring it down in good healthy generous way ...Read more

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What does a co2 of 35 with decreases rbcs, hgb and hct indicate in a 54year old woman with known CAD and two cardiac stents?

What does a co2 of 35 with decreases rbcs, hgb and hct indicate in a 54year old woman with known CAD and two cardiac stents?

Anemia: Low hgb, hct, red cells defines anemia. Iron, multivitamins, and work up for cause! bleeding, poor diet, medications, chronic illnesses, vitamin deficiencies can all play a role. ...Read more

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Hi doctor my hemoglobin or hgb is 16.6 i male i need to decrease it shall i donate blood or what shall I do in fear of polycythimia I am 25 yars old?

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my hemoglobin or  hgb is 16.6 i male
i need to decrease it shall i donate blood or what shall I do in fear of polycythimia I am 25 yars old?

Yes: Not horribly high, and your specific situation needs discussed with your dr who knows your family history and what your lab values are / have been. If 16.6-ish is where you always are, that is normal for you. If climbing, then potential concern. Can always donate blood while healthy to save lives and if it helps allay this concern as well, great! ...Read more

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What would cause a ten point decrease in hematocrit following liver biopsy over 2 days? Hgb decr. Also CRP 270, d dimer 1600. Bleeding from liver bx?

What would cause a ten point decrease in hematocrit following liver biopsy over 2 days? Hgb decr.  Also CRP 270, d dimer 1600. Bleeding from liver bx?

Sure a possibility: The situation you've described is urgent. Get off the computer, stop ibuprofen, & seriously get to the hospital now please! ...Read more