Blood cells too large, what does this mean? help please
I went for a full blood count about 11 days ago, just had a letter from my surgery saying there is an abnormality, they got a DR to call me back as I rang up stressed. The doctor was foreign so i had trouble understanding her fully but she said that my blood cells are not normal and too large.
I have absolutely no idea what she means, i called my father who is a paramedic and he said he doesnt know what she means as in, is it my haemaglobin or what?
I have to go for a further blood test on wednesday but im stressed, has anyone had this or know anything about it?
Please don't worry if its what I think it is it is usually a form of anaemia that is caused by low b12 and/or folic acid as opposed to low iron, your blood cells are meant to divide up and be a certain size but with low b12 which is needed for cell division the cells don't divide as they should so end up being too big and they are not as numerous and not transported around the body as easily. I would think if you have been taking your folic acid its unlikely to be being low in that unless you have a genetic or other medical condition that means you dont absorb it properly so probably will be b12. Usually it is easily treated by high dose b12 supplements or if needed b12 injections and there are usually no lasting problems or effects for you or baby xx
I cannot tell you what your condition is/prognosis, but I had a similar scare in that my red blood cells are too small. Turns out I have Thalaseemia Anemia, a genetic conditon that is unique to people of Italian descent. No treatment for it,but it is good to have a label for it! Makes me feel better. Hopefully they can get yours fixed or at least know what it is. Good luck!
Thalaessemia anaemia is found worldwide in varying percentages but is more common in people from Southern Europe, The Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, it's not unique to Italians only. I tested positive in screening for it with my second youngest but not with either of my younger two as the screening test for it isn't 100% accurate xx
Thankyou for your replies! That's good to know its not dangerous to baby. Im really relieved but im going to make an appointment with my gp regarding these results as my midwife can't see a problem with my bloods. I don't know who to trust more, my gp or my midwife! Thankyou everyone x
I work as a Medical Technologist. Most likely all this means is that you have a high MCV (Median Cell Volume). Your red blood cells are larger when they are first being produced, and shrink to a certain volume when they are mature. When your MCV is high, it usually means you have a lot of newer red blood cells. It could just be that you were slightly anemic, and now you are recovering from it and making more red cells. It is usually nothing to worry about, but I'm no doctor, I just run the tests. There are other causes for it as well (alcholism, etc) but these are much more unlikely.
That was pretty inconsiderate for them to tell you that and not explain it at all. I would just try to get some clarification, but most likely, it is nothing to fret about!
Yeah sorry,not unique only to, I meant myself being Italian! Thank you:0)! Also what type did you test positive for?
Thalaessemia beta minor, the test was screening more for being a carrier than having the active condition but they must've been wrong as with my two most recent babies I didn't have the same results. It was feasible as my mum has some roma ancestry and when I did genetic ancestry testing I had a lot of results in Eastern and Southern Europe the mid east and tribal regions of India. A midwife told me the test they use here can have false positives if you have slightly low ferritin because it 'reads' the same way xx
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