High Hemoglobin

High hemoglobin indicates a count of higher than 15.5 g/dL for women and 17.5 g/dL for men. It may indicate a bone marrow dysfunction, low oxygen levels, heart condition or a poor lung function.

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What can be the reason for elevated RBC, Hb and Hct?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female. I have been itching all over for months and constantly covered with bruises, petechiae and livedo reticularis. I was diagnosed with erythromyalgia. I also have severe bone pain. My blood work came back with elevated RBC, Hb, Hct, low alkaline phosphate, low BUN...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: The elevated hemoglobin, red blood cell count and hematocrit signify polycythemia. Elevated Vitamin B12 level is one of the markers of myeloproliferative disorder. I would strongly think of polycythemia vera. Other valu...  Read Full »

Why are my hematocrit, RBC, Hb, and mean cell volume elevated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been feeling unwell for a long time. These are my recent blood results. My doctor says that my hematocrit, RBC count, hemoglobin and mean cell volume have been out of the normal range for at least 10 years as that is how far back he can see. I think it should be investigated. W...  Read Full »


Dr. Smrita Singh

Pathologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemoglobin and hematocrit values are slightly high. Your RBC count is only marginally elevated since the upper limit of normal is 5.5 million/cu.mm. With these values, there is a suspicion of you having hemochromatosis or an early stage of polycythemia vera. In ...  Read Full »

What does high hemoglobin level indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am so worried. I had a blood test and my hemoglobin is 16 g/dl (9.9 mmol/l) and hematocrit is 46 PTC. I am female, 39, and healthy. My white blood cells, platelets, and thrombocytes are in normal middle range. Is a bit high hemoglobin sign of some sickness? What to do next?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com. So, actually, your hemoglobin level is borderline high and not low. So, you are not having anemia. You are probably thinking about polycythemia. But as your hemoglobin is not much elevated and your total WBC count with platelet count are within range, no need to wo...  Read Full »

How to get relief from allergic rhinitis when having high TSH and hemoglobin level?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from allergies rhinitis. My TSH level is high, and my hemoglobin level is high. How to cure it?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For allergic rhinitis, you can take Fexofenadine for getting relief from congestion. If you have a repeated history of allergic rhinitis, then allergic testing can be done. An alteration in TSH can be seen due to inflammation. You have to redo your TSH (thyroid stimulat...  Read Full »

If I quit smoking, will my RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV levels come back to normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythropoiet...  Read Full »

Is it possible to have low erythropoietin count and high RBC count together?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 years old male, 6 feet, and 180 lbs. I started a new job and the life insurance company wanted me to take a blood test. The results are attached. My blood test shows a low erythropoietin of 4.4 U/L (normal range 4.3 to 29) and high red blood cell count of 5.6x10^12/L (normal ...  Read Full »


Dr. Girish C Kamat

Internal Medicine Physician, Hematologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemogram and erythropoietin levels are normal. I would not evaluate you any further. They should not have asked for a hematology consultation, but if it is mandatory, get it done.  All the best and do well in your new job. For further queries consult a hematolog...  Read Full »

Is hemoglobin level of 17.1 normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old male. My hemoglobin level is 17.1. Last month when I donated blood I came to know that this. Again this month, when I checked, the level remains the same. I would like to know whether it is normal. If it is abnormal what should I follow to bring back that to normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Hemoglobin level of 17.1 is near normal. Increased hemoglobin can be seen in conditions, where oxygenation is less, like hilly areas, lung disorders and the air you breathe is low in oxygen. To compensate red blood cells i...  Read Full »

There is a drastic decrease in my platelet count in the last five months. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My hemoglobin level increased from 15 to 17, and platelet count decreased from 3.1 to 1.4 lakhs in the last five months. The only symptom I have is occasional skin itching.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your platelet count decreased over four months duration, chronic infection and drug history have to be ruled out first. If they are not causative then a detailed investigation plan should be decided according to the examinations as follows:  ESR (ery...  Read Full »

I am 18 years old and have high hemoglobin. Why is it so?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old female and I had recently had some blood test done. My hemoglobin was 17.4 g/dL. My doctor called me in straight away to discuss the abnormal results. We had looked at my previous blood results and it was 15.3 g/dL at age 14 and at 16 it had gone up to 17.0 g/dL. None...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. Your hemoglobin level is slightly high according to history. I need to know your hematocrit (PCV- packed cell volume), RBC count and total WBC count as well to guide you further. If you have any respiratory or cardia...  Read Full »

Will blood dilution help treat high Hb in newborn with jaundice?

Query: Hello doctor,My baby is 4 days old. He is diagnosed with jaundice. His Jaundice levels were 19.6 and post phototherapy they have come down to 13. The doctor has noticed that the baby has high Hb (22.3). The other vital parameters are like PCV- 63.7, RBC- 6.36, WBC- 11600, and platelets- 2.05. The do...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Pediatric Allergy Asthma Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your baby's bilirubin is now in safe range. But as his Hb (hemoglobin) is more this may lead to hemolysis, etc. Dilution of blood means they take out blood and replace with saline. This may lead to dilution. But I think in your case if the baby is active we can wait ...  Read Full »

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