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I had a elevated RDW on blood test and trace blood on

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I had a elevated RDW on blood test and trace blood on urinalysis. Severe swelling of ankles. Does this point to kidney cancer
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Urology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

Raised RDW and blood on urine analysis are nonspecific and can have many causes.

Blood in the urine can be commonly due to a urine infection or a stone in the urinary tract.

Cancer of the bladder is a cause but an uncommon one.

The best thing to do is to be investigated further with a CT scan or an ultrasound of your urinary tract to have a look at your kidneys, ureter and bladder and to have these and other causes considered and then proceed accordingly.

So even though cancer is a possibility but it is an unlikely possibility as far as I am concerned.

Thank you for the additional information.

I think that your stomach could have gone a bit lazy which in medical terms is called as gastroparesis.

In addition to omeprazole or a medication to reduce acid, I would have definitely also started you on something like reglan 10 mg three times a day prior to your meals to help increase the movements of your stomach.

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