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why was this test done?
I should also add that I am a vegetarian for the past 8 years.
I would like to know why this blood test was done
I went to the doctor for a routine physical, and he ran a CBC as part of my exam. He referred me to a hemotologist based on the levels stated above. The bone marrow biopsy has not been done yet. It is scheduled to be done on July 20th.
any symptom you have?
What is the total white cell count?
I am checking on my white blood cell count, but it was in the normal rabge.
was peripheral blood smear test done?
I am looking at my CBC and WBC is 5.3.
What reason did your doctor for doing the bone marrow test
He wants to be able to determine why I have anemia & look at the cells in my bone marrow. He offered several potential reasons why I have anemia, but I do not believe he has a reason that is why he wants to do the bone marrow test.
hemoglobin is 13.2 is well above the WHO standard of defining anemia
so i do not feel any more test is required
He told me normal for a male at 40 years old is 14, so he said I have anemia.
even in that case 13.2 is not very low to warrant a bone marrow aspiration test
What is the normal range for the hemoglobin count for a white male at 40 years old? Is it significant if it 13.2 versus 14.0?
even in case of severe anemia, peripheral blood smear, stool test, and iron studies should be done first before going for bone marrow test
The doctor is a hemotologist/oncologist. Since most of his practice is oncology, I do not know if this enter into his assessment. How low should my hemoglobin count be before a bone marrow test is done?
I would start the evaluation for anemia if the hemoglobin is below 12 ( as per WHO standards). As told earlier i would first do a peripheral blood smear test, stool test and iron studies and only after that proceed towards bone marrow test
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