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I went to the lab & results are: white blood cells: 6.79 10e3/ul red blood cells: 5.47 10e6/ul. Mcv: 78.9 fl mch: 26.3 pg. Rdw: 10.9% why is this low?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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Agree with Dr. R. 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.
Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, if you are a woman, you may be iron deficient and may take oral iron and multivitamins. If you are male, do talk to your doctor soon.

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Agree with Dr. R. 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.
Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, if you are a woman, you may be iron deficient and may take oral iron and multivitamins. If you are male, do talk to your doctor soon.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: General medical only

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We have been asked to refrain from diagnostics (which would include interpretation of lab values).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine
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One would want the hemoglobin and hematocrit levels to more accurately answer your question.
The MCV above is borderline low based on a usual normal range that starts about 80. Low iron levels are the most common cause for a low mcv. I would have the complete blood count repeated before being overly worried about the above listed values.

In brief: Many answers

One would want the hemoglobin and hematocrit levels to more accurately answer your question.
The MCV above is borderline low based on a usual normal range that starts about 80. Low iron levels are the most common cause for a low mcv. I would have the complete blood count repeated before being overly worried about the above listed values.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
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