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What are reasons for an increased RBC count?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology
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In brief: High RBC count

A high RBC count in an anemic patient is usually due to thalassemia.
A high RBC count in a patient with a high hemoglobin is due to polycythemia, and must be investigated by a hematologist to determine why the polycythemia exists.

In brief: High RBC count

A high RBC count in an anemic patient is usually due to thalassemia.
A high RBC count in a patient with a high hemoglobin is due to polycythemia, and must be investigated by a hematologist to determine why the polycythemia exists.
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