Is RDW 26.1 high, normal or dangerous? What does Red cell distribution width level 26.1 mean?

RDW 26.1

Your RDW level of 26.1 is a High RDW level.

If your RDW is in between 11.6 % and 14 %, then you need not worry as 11.6-14 % is the normal range for RDW. But if your RDW is lesser or greater than the above values, then there may be some problem in your body.

Normal range of RDW found among men : 11.6 - 14 %

Ideal values of RDW depending on age (male) :
Age Ideal RDW value
<5 years 11.903
5-10 years 12.214
10-15 years 12.533
15-20 years 12.86
20-25 years 13.196
25-30 years 13.54
30-35 years 13.893
35-40 years 13.884
40-45 years 13.874
45-50 years 13.864
50-55 years 13.855
55-60 years 13.846
60-70 years 13.836
70-80 years 13.826
80-90 years 13.817
90-100 years 13.808
>100 years 13.798

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Normal range of RDW found among women : 11.6-14 %

Ideal values of RDW depending on age (female) :
Age Ideal RDW value
<5 years 11.912
5-10 years 12.232
10-15 years 12.561
15-20 years 12.899
20-25 years 13.246
25-30 years 13.602
30-35 years 13.968
35-40 years 13.958
40-45 years 13.948
45-50 years 13.938
50-55 years 13.928
55-60 years 13.918
60-70 years 13.908
70-80 years 13.898
80-90 years 13.888
90-100 years 13.878
>100 years 13.868
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If you take a RDW blood test and the results are not in the normal range (11.6-14 %), your physician may recommend more tests to figure out the problem. You might also get this test if your physician thinks you have some other disease.

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How the RDW Test Is Done :

If your doctor wants RDW test on you, you may need a RDW blood test. During the RDW blood test, a pathologist will put a needle into your veins and take out a small quantity of blood. A pathologist is a physician in the medical field who thoroughly studies the causes and effects of disease. Within a few hours you will get your RDW Test report by your pathologist.

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