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What is RBC morphology and what does it mean when your ovalocytes are at +1?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Red blood cells

Rbc morphology defines the size, shape, color and other factors necessary to help determine causes for abnormalities.
Ovalocytes at 1% may mean very little, particularly if the value was determined by a computer rather than a microscopic exam of the blood. Labs are of very little value unless combined with a thorough history, physical exam and assessment by a knowledgeable thoughtful physician.

In brief: Red blood cells

Rbc morphology defines the size, shape, color and other factors necessary to help determine causes for abnormalities.
Ovalocytes at 1% may mean very little, particularly if the value was determined by a computer rather than a microscopic exam of the blood. Labs are of very little value unless combined with a thorough history, physical exam and assessment by a knowledgeable thoughtful physician.
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