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I have a low heamoglobin and high monocyte count. What does this mean?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Low hemoglobin always requires a workup.
It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary item like thal minor to something serious. Ignore the percentage counts of different white cells; if the absolute monocyte count is more than 1000 (assuming all normally-formed), it might point to something but only if there are other symptoms / signs.

In brief: Big picture

Low hemoglobin always requires a workup.
It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary item like thal minor to something serious. Ignore the percentage counts of different white cells; if the absolute monocyte count is more than 1000 (assuming all normally-formed), it might point to something but only if there are other symptoms / signs.
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