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I am a 60 year old black female with controlled gh blood

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I am a 60 year old black female with controlled high blood pressure and prediabetes. I go to a trainer three times a week and walk 3 miles per day at least 6 times a week. In the last eighteen months I have lost over 40 lbs and my A1C has dropped from 6.4 to 5.6. After working out on Friday I ran some errands and then became confused. I could not remember date and what route I had taken while driving so I went to emergency. They did CAT scan and said to take Plavix and released me. Today I received some test results and I am unsure of what they mean. They are both above the normal. Could you please assist me. My RDW was 16.4 Fl and the anion gap was 17mmd/L. what do these results indicate?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


If you don't have acidosis, which they would have seen, the anion gap is in error. A mis calcullation.

The high rdw can indicate iron deficiency.

Usually there would be some anemia, but not always.

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