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Question: Low RBCs and Hematocrit

 ChristineVA - Thu Jul 27, 2006 6:29 am

My dermatologist recently ran some bloodwork on me to determine if a I may have lupus. Everything came back "good" according to my doctor. I asked for a copy of my results and the only thing "off" was:

RBC x 10^6 = 3.99 (range 4.20-5.40)
Hematocrit = 34.2 (range 37.0 - 47.0)

The doctor never mentioned these to me and told me they were fine. In all the years I've had CBC's done, my red blood cells have never been a problem. In the absence of any other abnormal red blood cell counts (hemoglobin was in the normal range), does this indicate anything or could it be just one of those things that "just happens?" Not sure what to do about it, if anything.

Also, over the past year, I have had 4 CBCs done and on each one of them, my neutrophils have been very slightly elevated,although my complete blood counts are always in the normal range. Three doctors don't have a problem with this.

Thank you,
 Theresa Jones, RN - Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:01 am

User avatar Hi ChristineVA,
If your RBC's and Hematocrit were actually abnormal, your Hemoglobin would have most likely also been abnormal. Inquire about having the test repeated as this may have been a lab error.
Theresa Jones, RN


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