Re: Please help????????
Hi Caney girl,
Of course your son's doctor has the full story, so I am going to limit my comments to the actual number 16.5. A hemoglobin of 16.5 (or 165 in SI units) is completely normal for a young man. The fact the doctor asked your son if he smokes means he was thinking of a condition called polycythemia rubra vera--a condition where the bone marrow churns out too many red blood cells.
Is there any history of blood problems in the family?
Last edited by harka; 05-13-2009 at 10:23 PM.