Low red blood cells in the blood may cause symptoms like weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, tachycardia, pale skin, and headache. RBC count can be decreased by conditions like anemia, erythropoietin deficiency, failure of bone marrow, hemolysis, leukemia, copper, folate, iron, vitamin B6 and B12 deficiencies, external or internal bleeding, pregnancy, multiple myeloma, thyroid disorders, etc. In addition, chemotherapy and drugs like Quinidine and Chloramphenicol, and Hydantoins can decrease the RBC count.
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Query: Hi doctor, My child, who is 6 years old, felt sick on his birthday this year (one week ago), accusing fatigue. He looks pale and vomiting. We took him for blood tests. His red blood cells were way below normal 3.8; the doctor sent us to an oncology hospital suspecting leukemia. Later, they said it ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anemia is common in malabsorption diseases (cow milk intolerance in your case). Iron deficiency takes six months to develop in case of reduced intake or absorption or loss via blood. They are probably doing endoscopy or colonoscopy because of milk intolerance to rule ou... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I just got my blood work done and would like to know exactly what these results mean. Also, I do want to mention that I am a heavy drinker. The report says that RBC is low at 3.19, MCV is high at 116, MCH is high at 39.2, RDW is high at 16.5, platelets are low at 141, calcium is low at 8.... Read Full »
General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have large RBCs (red blood cells) indicated as elevated MCV (mean corpuscular volume), MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) and RDW (red blood cell distribution width). This could be either due to alcohol intake or thyroid dysfunction or folic acid or vitamin B12 def... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I have some red and purple dots on my stomach and hand. I have been sick for a long time and I lost my weight. My immune system is really bad. I had my blood test done and the result shows that the white blood cells are low at 3.9 and the red blood cells are 3.7. Also, my absolute monocyt... Read Full »
Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Looking at the various counts, WBC (white blood cells) count is just around normal. While the RBC - red blood cells seems to be affected and based on the symptoms, it appears platelets could be affected. As the... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, My husband's hemoglobin is 3.7 g/dL, but the hemoglobin level was 5 g/dL when we checked it two days back. His RBC and WBC are also going down. What can be the reason? Read Full »
Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your husband's hemoglobin and WBC count are going down very fast, it is not normal. For such low hemoglobin levels, blood transfusion is needed immediately. A peripheral smear examination should be done, to look for schistocytes like fragmented RBC and normoblast count... Read Full »
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