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Low Red Blood Cells

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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How can my low reticulocyte and hemoglobin count be increased?

Query: Hello doctor, My report says reticulocyte count is 0.2 %, hemoglobin is 4.2 g/dl, and RBC shows cytopenia with a dimorphic picture showing moderate microcytic hypochromic with mild microcytosis. What should be the line of treatment? Please suggest. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Glad to have you at I am here to extend a helping hand to you. Based on your query and attached report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), my opinion is as follows: Low reticulocyte count percentage and reduced hemoglobin indicate ongoing deficient productio...  Read Full »

My husband has low hemoglobin levels. Please help.

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 »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

My blood reports show a low blood cell count. Why?

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 monocyte...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 platelet c...  Read Full »

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