I had blood work done on 8/10/2010 for CBC W/Diff and PLT. My RBC was 5.52 Ref Range 3.80 - 5.10, also MCV 70.7 Ref Range 80.0 - 100.0, MCH 22.4 Ref Range 27.0 - 33.0, MCHC 31.7 Ref Range 32.0 - 36.0, RDW 17.3 Ref Range 11.0 - 15.0 Does any of this mean that there is a problem?
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A high RDW and low MCV is seen in iron deficiency anemia and thalassemia trait. A high RDW and normal MCV is seen in Vit B12 and folic deficiency. A high RBC count could be due to high demand as in anemia or due to polycythemia.
You should repeat the tests after a week. Please consult your PCP for primary examination followed by proper referral to a hematologist.
Hope this helps. Take care!
Thank you for your responses. Around 30 years ago I was diagnosed Thalasemia Minor.
I have many medical condtions and medications. I was also diagnosed with Antiphosphilipid antibody syndrome, Lupus, Type II Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, OA & RA, Degenerative Disc Disease (2 disc removed in neck and 3 in lower back) , Vascular problems in the legs, GERD and stomach ulcers, High Blood Pressure, High Cholestral (allergic to statins, so not on anything last test showed 339) I also have 2 tears in my right shoulder with spurs, and recently I was diagnosed with mitochrondrial disease.
My meds are: Warfarin 6 mg. daily, Verapamil 40mg 2x day, Dipyridamole (persantine) 75 mg 2 x day, Levothyroxine 100mcg, Diovan 80mg & Loratab as needed.
I am surprised your labs are not worse than they are. Between the Lupus, RA, Mitochrondrial Disease, stomach ulcers, and Thalasemia Minor it is difficult to say which is causing the abnormal lab counts and the other question is maybe this your baseline; normal for you (related to the multiple diagnoses).
Have the labs repeated in a week, and if they are the same or worse, consult a Hematologist, especially with all you have going on.
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