|Blood Test Results
May 8, 2003
Test results for a 58 year old woman: RBC 3.55 Hemoglobin 11.3 Hematocrit 32.4. Should I be concerned? My doc recommends a colonoscopy but I am hesitant. Thanks.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Ill elaborate on these and other potential causes when you respond back with further details. If, on the other hand, you are not HIV-positive (as I suspect), then I would agree with your doctor. Blood loss through the gastrointestinal tract is one of the most common causes for anemia in folks over 50. The current guidelines suggest a baseline sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy for all folks over 50!
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