Red Blood Cell Indices-Reference Range

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Red blood cell indices are blood tests that help to detect the hemoglobin content and size of red blood cells. Red blood cell indices include mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC).

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measurement of the average size of a single red blood cell. The normal range of MCV is 80-100 fL.

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is a calculation of the average amount of hemoglobin inside a single red blood cell. The normal range of MCH is 27-31 pg/cell.

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) is a calculation of the average concentration of hemoglobin inside a single red blood cell. The normal range of MCHC is 32-36 g/dL.

The abnormal values of MCV, MCH and MCHC may indicate anemias. It should be noticed that according to the size of the red cell anemias are classified as

  • Normocytic anemias (normal MCV)
  • Macrocytic anemias (increased MCV)
  • Microcytic anemias (decreased MCV)

Keywords: Red Blood Cell Indices; MCV;MCH;MCHC

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