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Question: what if your RDW is 15.0 and higher?


 madd_moma - Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:00 pm

I am a 24 year old female with no past diagnoses. I have had one surgery for my tonsils.I have a family history of cancer.I am on xanax,Lyrica,zoloft,abilify.Can someone please tell me what this might mean. MY RDW is 15.5
 Theresa Jones, RN - Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:14 pm

User avatar Hi madd_moma,
RDW (red cell distribution width) calculates the size of RBC's (red blood cells). One condition, for example, that causes an increase in the RDW is pernicious anemia.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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