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If 3 gene alpha thal has increased reticulocyte count due to increased hemolysis that is taking place, why is RDW normal?

From what i understand RDW is a measurement of variation in volume of RBCs per sample. Shouldnt it be elevated since the patient's blood should contain both microcytes and reticulocytes- thus the volume of cells are inconsistent?

Thanks for any insight!
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