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Question: 24 year old female with high red blood count


 Catts - Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:05 pm

Ok. So Got insurance decided to use it. Got a physical as well as a total blood count done which tests thyroid, blood leukemia, and all that. I am 24 yrs old. No cancer in family or anything major. Been healthy all my life. Well the blood tests came back and it said I had a elevated Red blood count. But everything else on the tests was either great or fine. I do smoke about 1 pack of smokes a day and live in Indiana. The doctor told me I was fine and had nothing to worry about at all. Well I am. I was wondering why would this be that I have a high red blood count? He didnt really elaborate. Someone please answer back this has been giving me anxiety over it! Thanks so much!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:32 pm

User avatar It is very difficult to say what that means without knowing what the red cell count and hemoglobin/hematocrit levels actually were. Commonly, these numbers will be just a little outside of normal thus technically making them abnormal but in reality meaning nothing.

Hope this helps.

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