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What causes red blood cells to be enlarged?

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Vitamin B-12 deficiency Folate deficiency Liver disease Alcoholism A side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs Increased red blood cell production by the bone marrow (regeneration) to correct anemia, for example, after blood loss Any comments?

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  1. Sherryl says:

    Question. Macrocytosis: What causes it? What causes enlarged red blood cells ( macrocytosis)? Answer. from Ruben A. Mesa, M.D.. Macrocytosis is a term used

  2. Valerie says:

    Enlarged (or macrocytic) RBCs are commonly caused by alcohol abuse and folic acid or B12 deficiency. Acetaminophen abuse is another possibility. Youre probably being treated empirically for pernicious anemia (B12 deficiency)…Get a serum folate, liver function tests, CBC and sed rate. B12 administration cant hurt but may mask a folic acid deficiency.

  3. Venessa says:

    I have enlarged red blood cells. What should I do?

  4. Susan says:

    The medical term for enlarged blood cells ins macryotosis. It is caused by a variety of things such as a vitamin b-12 deficiency, liver disease, folate deficiency, alcoholism, or can be a side effect of several different types of medication… More:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/what_causes_enlarged_red_blood_cells

  5. Jenifer says:

    Enlarged red blood cells is called macrocytosis. Some of the causes of macrocytosis is a vitamin B-12 deficiency, a folate deficiency, liver disease, alcoholism, anemia or a side effect from a medication. More:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/what_causes_large_red_blood_cells

  6. Eloise says:

    A high red blood cell count can be caused by poor heart and/or lung function, the oxygen carrying capacity of the red blood cells is diminished, and reduction in blood plasma among other causes. You can find more information here: http://ww… More:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/what_causes_high_red_blood_cell_count

  7. Petronila says:

    It’s called Macrocytosis and doesn’t always cause an issue, it’s most likely picked up on routine blood work. Sometimes it can be an indication of liver issues, Folate deficiency and Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Wait and see what your results o

  8. Kyong says:

    Sickle cell anemia stems from a genetic disorder that causes the improper formation of red blood cells. In addition to causing an enlarged liver and spleen, it may Detail:http://www.ehow.com/about_5147283_causes-enlarged-liver-spleen.html

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