Re: what is the cause of enlarged red blood cells
The most common of enlarged red blood cells is Macrocytosis, it isn't a specific disease but may tell you that you have an underlying problem.
The common cause of macrocytosis include:
You more than likely have one of the following, would need you to list your symptoms to pin point what may be your problem. Blood tests should show if your deficient in the first two categories.
Vit. B12 deficiency
Side effect of certain meds, such as chemo drugs
Increased red blood cell production by the bone marrow to correct anemia, for example after blood loss. The bone marrow goes into regeneration mode.
If you have macrocytosis, blood tests can help fine the cause. Some times they need a bone marrow sample.
Treatment of macrocytosis is to fine the underlying cause. If you have a problem with Vit B 12 or Folate, treatment may include a special diet and supplements or injections.
If they find you have severe anemia a blood transfusion might be needed.
I'm not sure if you fall into the category below or not but it may be something to look into for you.
Different types of anemia may included the following:
Iron deficient Anemia, or vitamin b12 deficiency which is called pernicious anemia, vitamin deficiency anemia's also fall into a group of anemia's called megaloblastic anemia's, in which the bone marrow produces large, abnormal red blood cells.
There is anemia of chronic diseases too.
Not to scare you....just to inform you.
Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and other chronic inflammatory diseases can interfere with the production of red blood cells. Result, chronic anemia.
The kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin. which stimulate your bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Are your kidneys working good?
Aplastic anemia is believed to be an autoimmune disease.
There are anemia's associated with bone marrow diseases also.
Hemolytic anemias is when the red blood cells are destroyed faster than the bone marrow can replace them.
Sickle cell anemia often affects people of African and Arabic descent, do you fall into this category of people?
Have you been diagnosed with enlarged red blood cells?
Have you been having any symptoms and that is the reason you found out you have this problem, or are you asking for someone else.
Need more information. Diana