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Just wondering what my bloodwork meant with RDW at 17.1 JA:

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Just wondering what my bloodwork meant with RDW at 17.1
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Customer: I am not sure what you need? I am 62, weight is 102, MCV normal range, female.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. Salama MD,RDW refers to red cell distribution width. Meaning it will be elevated if you have a great variability in the sizes of your red blood cells. It can be seen in certain conditions such as various types of anemias but it does not have much significance in the presence of a normal MCV and Hemoglobin.Let me know if you have any other questions. If not, please don't forget to leave a positive rating as that's the only way I get credit for answering your question. Thank you.