High Rbc Count

Various medical conditions can cause an increase in red cell count. It is medically known as erythrocytosis. The treatment is targeted at treating the underlying condition.

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Are my levels of hematocrit, hemoglobin, and RBC raised due to polycythemia vera?

Query: Hi doctor, My laboratory results from last week show increased hematocrit (50.7%) and high end of normal hemoglobin (16.7%) and RBC (5.72). While the hemoglobin and the RBC are technically within the normal range, historically, I never had high values like this. Usually, my RBC (red blood cells) is...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Following is my opinion for your asked question. Hemoglobin level above 16.5 and hematocrit more than 49 should be investigated further, especially for secondary polycythemia. You can investigate with ECG (electrocardiogram) and chest x-ray to check for the car...  Read Full »

How to reduce anxiety caused due to health issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old. I do not smoke or drink. I am suffering from a health anxiety. Recently I got an ECG and blood test done, the results of which I have attached for your consideration. I have an elevated RBC count. Could this be blood cancer? Also kindly note that I was very anxious du...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports that you posted (attachments removed to protect patient identity). Firstly, I would like to know the indications for which so many investigations were done. Did you have any symptoms or was it a general checkup? Do revert if you have an...  Read Full »

Kindly review my blood reports and let me know the abnormalities in my report.

Query: Hello doctor, Kindly help me to know in detail about the abnormalities in my blood reports. Thanks.   Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), and actually, there are minor changes due to infection, improper diet, etc. Red blood cells are elevated. ...  Read Full »

What does it mean if my RBC and hematocrit values are elevated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. My height is 5'8", and my weight is 185 lbs. I take tablet Tirosint 50 mcg for my Hashimoto's thyroiditis and tablet Slynd for PCOS. My blood reports showed slightly elevated RBC and hematocrit and low MCH. I have had migraines for six years. What is ca...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have checked your CBC (complete blood count) report (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). In the attached blood report, red blood cells and hematocrit are slightly high, while MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) is borderline low. Thes...  Read Full »

Do increased levels of RBC and vitamin B12 cause polycythemia vera?

Query: Hi doctor, My RBC levels have been slightly elevated for the past six months. It was 5.17 a year back, and a couple of months back it was 5.39. I noticed that from the last two years, the RBC count has been borderline high. Last week my vitamin B12 was tested due to a nerve issue in my face, which ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate your knowledge and awareness towards your health, and I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your vitamin B12 level is certainly high, enough that warrants further investigation. Following are the common causes for high vit...  Read Full »

Should I worry if my red blood cell count is high?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old male in relatively good health. I am 5'9," and my weight is 165 pounds. My blood investigation report shows RBC level as 6.04 million/uL, hemoglobin as 17.7 g/dL, and hematocrit as 51.1. Thinking I was dehydrated, my hematologist told me to report the blood work aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the report you attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). All the values of complete blood count (CBC) is within the range. The range of the standard values varies with laboratories, but what is essential is patient's value should be...  Read Full »

Can high RBC count cause blood in urine?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an annual health checkup recently. My RBC count was high, will this cause blood in urine? And my eosinophils, ESR, and calcium levels are high. What needs to be done? I currently take BP and cholesterol medicines.  Read Full »


Dr. Akash Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I want to really appreciate that you go for regular health checkups. Most of your health parameters are within normal range except a few. Regarding calcium, your calcium levels are marginally over the limit, and should not be considered high. The calcium...  Read Full »

Why is Aspirin advised for high RBC and hemoglobin count?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old male. My hemoglobin was 18.3 g/dL, but it has come down to 17.7 g/dL since the last two months. My RBC count varies between 6.1 to 6.27 now, and PCV is 51.9 %. I am taking mini Aspirin as suggested by my doctor. Do I have any reason to worry?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemoglobin level, RBC (red blood cells), and PCV (packed cell volume) are high. The lymph node, liver, and spleen need to be clinically examined. Do you have a history of dizziness, weakness, and stroke? High level of RBC and hemoglobin can cause blood clots and ca...  Read Full »

Why am I having high RBC and WBC?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old male. A few days back, I have taken complete blood picture (CBP). In that report, it is showing that I have high RBC and WBC count when compare to reference values. I am sending you that laboratory report. Please go through the report and explain me the problem.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your hemoglobin value and platelet counts are normal. Your RBC (red blood cell) count is only slightly elevated, but I do not think it needs further work up. And, your WBC (white blood cell)...  Read Full »

What is therapeutic phlebotomy and why is it done?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an obese person and a non-smoker. I am on an exercise program, and my weight reduced from 132 to 124 kg. I am under therapeutic phlebotomy once in three weeks (before once in two weeks). I found high counts in blood before 14 months during medical fitness blood test abroad and consu...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regular follow-up is my opinion for your question. I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your JAK2 (Janus kinase 2) report is negative, and EPO (erythropoietin) is within the limit. So polycythemia vera, like ...  Read Full »

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