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Possible causes of high hemoglobin levels

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I have hemoglobin count 19.2. I was donating blood but they refused to take my blood because of excess of hemoglobin. Is it harmful for health to have excess of hemoglobin. What precaution should be taken to reduce it. Plz help.


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replied June 22nd, 2009
Blood Disorders Answer A6833


High hemoglobin levels might have different causes. Normal causes include conditions in which the body tries to compensate for the low oxygen supply by producing more red blood cells or filling the red blood cells with more hemoglobin. Both these conditions would result in higher levels of hemoglobin.


In certain pathological conditions such as dysfunction of the bone marrow or the spleen or liver, high hemoglobin levels might be found, too.


You might want to visit a specialist in hematology to check whether there are any abnormalities in the hemoglobin metabolism or in the production of red blood cells. A complete blood count, liver, and spleen tests might be needed. Examination of the bone marrow might be recommended by the hematologist to check its function.


Since certain of the causes for this condition might cause problems in the body of the recipient of your blood, the doctors refused to take the blood before investigating the exact cause and checking if it is caused by a pathological condition or it is only physiological (normal healthy variation).


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