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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.
Theresa Jones, RN

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