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My mother has COPD and is a heavy smoker. She has had a few

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My mother has COPD and is a heavy smoker. She has had a few dizzy spells. She went to the doctor for a cbc. Two areas came back abnormal. She had a hemoglobin level of 15.9 and a hematocrit level of 48.1. Now I am so worried because I saw where it could be a sign of cancer.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

This is Dr. David

her hemoglobin levels are high

severe dehydration can do this

also too much iron in her system can do this. this can be called hemochromatosis.

she needs to get her iron levels checked

I am a cancer doctor.

cancer would not be the first thing to jump to.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are her levels dangerously high? Could COPD be a factor?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

they are not dangerously high.

copd most likely is not causing this.

she could be dehydrated which can cause elevated hemoglobin and hematocrit levels.

ask her doctors about her iron levels and if she has hemochromatosis.

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