Undiagnosed Symptoms Community
Low Blood Cell, High Hemoglobin, Hematocrit and RDW
About This Community:

A community for discussions on undiagnosed symptoms: breathing difficulties, feeling cold, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, fever, indigestion, itching, nausea, numbness, pain (chronic), paralysis, rash, sweating, swelling, urination problems, and vomiting.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Low Blood Cell, High Hemoglobin, Hematocrit and RDW

Hi, my husband works at an Ethylene unit and has had 3 blood test done and all have come back not so good.  He is being referred to a hemotologist, but in the mean time, can you give us any clues to why these results would be so high?  His Red blood cell count is 3.95 L, His Hemoglobin is 11.1 L, His Hematocrit is 32.8 L and his RDW is 15.9.  These were all out of a normal range.  
Related Discussions
1 Comment
Blank
563773 tn?1374250139
Hello,

The causes of low blood cell are: Myelosuppression - a decrease in the production of blood cells, which may lead to low blood count, Pancytopenia - a lowering of all three types of blood cells; red blood cells(anemia), platelets(thrombocytopenia), and white blood cells(leucopenia) or any of them individually.

Causes of raised Hb are: Emphysema, severe asthma, and other forms of long-standing respiratory distress, Macrocytosis (deficiency of B6, B12, folic acid, or hypothyroid), Polycythemia vera and splenic dysfunction.

An elevated hematocrit may be due to spleen hyperfunction.Raised RDW is seen in any type of anemia (iron deficiency,vit B12 deficiency,folic acid deficiency),haemolytic or sideroblastic anemia.

Since your husband is working in an ethylene unit,so chances of ethylene causing these cannot be ruled out. Ethylene is known to cause damage to blood cells. It is also carcinogenic. Ethylene glycol and its effects can be measured in blood and urine. The metabolites cause characteristic chemical changes in the blood and urine that help to diagnose ethylene glycol poisoning.

Pls consult a haematologist for a confirmatory diagnosis as treatment depends on the same.

Take care and do keep us posted on how you are doing.

Blank
Continue discussion Blank
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Undiagnosed Symptoms Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top General Health Answerers
363281 tn?1353103243
Blank
Nelson, New Zealand
1415174 tn?1453246703
Blank
CA
4851940 tn?1385441629
Blank
United Kingdom
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
1530171 tn?1448133193
Blank
London, ON