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I've been going over lab results from end of May. There wasnt a reticulocyte count done....but there is a RDW count of 18.6 and a note that says +2 anisocytosis. ( RDW is RBC distribution Width ) What does a +2 anisocytosis mean?

I also got doctor's clinic notes from that day. CBC is ordered for mid August. No ferritin test will be done that day either. ( It was a 6 in early April. Not done at last lab work up but hemoglobin was 13.3.)
[QUOTE=Jeanne M]I've been going over lab results from end of May. There wasnt a reticulocyte count done....but there is a RDW count of 18.6 and a note that says +2 anisocytosis. ( RDW is RBC distribution Width ) What does a +2 anisocytosis mean?

I also got doctor's clinic notes from that day. CBC is ordered for mid August. No ferritin test will be done that day either. ( It was a 6 in early April. Not done at last lab work up but hemoglobin was 13.3.)[/QUOTE]
Anisocytosis means that your red blood cells are unequal in size. In most cases there will be a few undersized or oversized blood cells and this is normal. When they note a number such as +2 anisocytosis, this means that there are unusually large numbers of this condition and that sometimes is flagged regarding a blood disease. It could be from anemia, bone marrow failure, or from transfusions of extra blood cells. The main thing is the doctor has to diagnose it from the perspective of your particular case. This is not across the board a bad diagnosis if you are recovering from a bleeding episode, or a surgery.





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