What does "rdw" mean when reading blood test results?

RDW. RDW=red cell distribution width. This is a statistical measure or the degree of variation in sizes of the red cells. It is a useful parameter ini classifying anemias that may otherwise be similar, for example iron deficiency and some thalassemias. But other parameters are more generally useful.

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Thyroid nodules found on right and left side biggest 1/2 inch. Blood test results SEG relative 78.6 lymphocyte 12 WBC 10.0 RDW 15.0 RBC4.23 Monocyte.

Hemoglobin. 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, the results you provided do not show any serious anomaly. You did not state your hemoglobin, if it is above 12 then your lab test results are okay. These tests have no relation to thyroid nodules. Read more...

I just received my blood test results which showed a ca-125 reading of 35. The blood test results showed hyper chromic microcytic anaemia.

Benign. A Ca 125 of 35 was found to be a useful cutoff point, with 99% of healthy women having values less than 35. Levels above 35 units are certainly seen in healthy women, but beyond the cutoff point of 35, the higher the value, the more likely there is trouble. With ovarian cancer, the levels measure in hundreds. Depends on what you are looking for. Repeat the test. You probably need some iron tabs. Read more...

What the word absent means in blood test results?

Same as anywhere. The thing in question is not there. Not present. Ask the provider who ordered the tests for an explanation of the results. It's part of the services from providers to complete the stage of diagnostic evaluation. Ask - if you do't understand - say so and they might make it simpler. Best! Read more...