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Complete blood count - series—Results, part 2

Results, part 2

Overview

High numbers of red blood cells may indicate:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Low oxygen tension in the blood
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Dehydration (such as from severe diarrhea)
  • Emphysema

Update Date 3/19/2012

Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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