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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My annual health checkup reports indicate a high RBC count. What does it mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached a report as part of my regular annual check-up. My free RBC (red blood cell) indicators are very high, and when I researched a bit, it pointed to PCV (packed cell volume) and leukemia. I am apprehensive. As a follow-up, I also tested for LDH (Lactate dehydrogenase). It ...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Following is my opinion of your asked questions. I have seen the attached report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It shows borderline high hemoglobin, high PCV, and RBC mass. So it could be polycythemia. But it does n...  Read Full »

Does high ALT indicate heart, pancreas, kidney, RBC, and liver problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking to get a second opinion on my son’s bloodwork to see if any flu tests are recommended or if there is any concern at all. He is a 16-year-old, healthy male who works out regularly and eats relatively healthy. The only known medical problem is being lactose intolerant. I w...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In the mentioned history, the noted finding is mild raised hemoglobin, mildly raised RBC, slightly elevated aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT).The mentioned reports do not suggest any specific ...  Read Full »

What are the measures to get the blood values in control?

Query: Hello doctor, Please find attached the blood test report. Highlighted in bold are the tests which are out of range. Can you please advice on the reasons and corrective measures to get the exceeded test values in control? Do I need to perform any follow-up tests? I have got the blood test profile che...  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I am impressed with your overall health. However, there are a few things that need to be sorted out. Your total red blood cells and hemoglobin levels are slightly increased tha...  Read Full »

Kindly evaluate the blood test report.

Query: Hello doctor, Kindly evaluate my mother's blood test report. The RDW is 14.6. How can we interpret the value of RDW? She is on Nebicart 5 mg, Matilda Forte, Calright, and Caat 20 mg.  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. RDW is nothing but red blood cell distribution width which signifies the size of red blood cells. Increase in RDW have two probable diagnosis and one is due to iron deficiency and the second is due to folate and B12 deficiency. Before to comment on diagnosis, I just ...  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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

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 erythropoi...  Read Full »

I am a 17-year-old male with high hemoglobin and RBC levels. What could be the reason for this?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17-year-old male. I have high hemoglobin of 17.4 gm/dl, and high RBCs. I am not using any medication or have any other problems.  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Elevated hemoglobin is seen in smokers living at high altitudes, congestive cardiac failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some erythropoietin is secreted in adenomas of the kidney, and very rarely, it could be a part of primary polycythemia. Rule out the c...  Read Full »

I have high RBC, Hb, hematocrit. Will Aspirin reduce the risk of stroke during flight travel?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 49-year-old male, 6'4" and 300 lbs. I take very low doses testosterone, an estrogen blocker, and HGH. All very low dosages. I will be on a six hours international flight tomorrow and I am concerned about some health risks. I have high levels of the following: RBC of 6.61, hemog...  Read Full »


Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I agree with you. There is a risk of leg vein thrombosis in deep veins of legs due to prolong sitting. Aspirin do help according to some studies, might be not as beneficial as full anticoagulants like Heparin, etc., but take Aspirin 325 mg (not 75 or 81 mg) one hour b...  Read Full »

What is the meaning behind my blood values?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the meaning behind having these blood values? MCV 72.9- MCH 25.0- RBC 5.79+ All other values are normal except for globulin 2.15. Can it be an anemia while having normal hemoglobin and normal RBC count (even higher than normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. MCV stands for mean corpuscular volume which is the mean volume of the red blood cells. MCH is mean corpuscular hemoglobin, which is the mean amount of hemoglobin in each red blood cell. From your test results (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it doe...  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. Singh Smrita

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 he...  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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

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...  Read Full »

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