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Forum Name: Other infections

Question: Low Red Blood count


 MandaB1122 - Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:11 pm

Hello. A few weeks ago i had a UTI, which i treated with an antibiotic. A week after having this i went for routine blood work. My Doc called back saying my red blood count was slightly low and my sed rate was alittle high. Could this be caused from my UTI??
he also wants me to have an ultrasound of my pelvis. Any feedback would be appreciated. Im a 25 yr old female.
 R. Zein, Pharm D - Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:46 am

User avatar The sedimentation rate (sed rate) blood test measures how quickly red blood cells (erythrocytes) settle in a test tube in one hour.

When inflammation is present in the body, certain proteins cause red blood cells to stick together and fall more quickly than normal to the bottom of the tube. The more red cells that fall to the bottom of a special test tube in one hour, the higher the sed rate. These proteins are produced by the liver and the immune system under many abnormal conditions, such as an infection.

i do not believe UTI would have triggered your low red blood cell counts, you might have anemia, meaning low red blood cell counts, and there are many types of that too. anemia could affect the sedimentation rate.

the fact that your doctor has asked you for pelvic ultrasound is a good idea,
i hope you always feel good.

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