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Hematocrit Blood Test (cont.)

How is a low or high hematocrit treated?

The treatment of high or low hematocrit depends on the underlying cause(s), the hematocrit level, and the overall health status of the individual. Most people are not treated with medications or procedures if the hematocrit is only slightly above or below the normal levels. Some patients with very low hematocrits may require intravenous iron or complete blood count. Some patients with very high hematocrits due to diseases, such as polycythemia rubra vera, may require blood letting (blood removal).

The patient's doctor will decide when medication or procedures are necessary for each particular individual. In general, abnormal hematocrit values are monitored by doctors with routine blood testing.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery

REFERENCES:

CDC.gov. PedNSS Health Indicators.

FDA.gov. Blood Products Advisory Committee. Topic II: Iron Status in Blood Donors.

MedicineNet.com. Complete Blood Count.

MedicineNet.com. Hematocrit.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014

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