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Question: don't understand blood results


 gatorfrog - Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:54 pm

Hello,
I had a complete blood workup and I have some questions. My hematocrit and hemoglobin was low and I understand that, but my RDW was high 18.7 and I did not get any answers on that and should I be concerned? Thank you for any help you can give!
 gstep - Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:57 pm

The first thing to remember is, even though certain blood values may be out of range (too high or low), doesn't mean there is something wrong. There are so many factors that can affect or change values. The reason you may not have got answers on your RDW level may be because the doctor was not concerned about it. Don't hesitate to call your doctor if after leaving the office and realizing you have questions. They expect that and that's what they are there for. A high RDW level could indicate Anemia, but there are several different types of Anemia, so talk to your doctor. You may be worrying for nothing.

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