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What do the following results on a CBC mean MCV 96 fl 79-97,

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What do the following results on a CBC mean MCV 96 fl 79-97, MCH 32.8 pg 26.6-33.0,MCHC 34.2 G/DL 31.5-35.7.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 4 years ago.

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It is data on your red blood cells.

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MCV means Mean cell volume. It shows the average volume of a red blood cell in femtoliters. Today, it is actually physically measured with a laser :-)

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RickMD : It is data on your red blood cells.
RickMD : MCV means Mean cell volume. It shows the average volume of a red blood cell in femtoliters. Today, it is actually physically measured with a laser :-)

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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 4 years ago.
MCH: This means Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin content. It tells how much hemoglobin is in each red blood cell. It is a calculated, rather then directly measured value.

MCHC: is called Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration. It, unlike MCH, measures the concentration of hemoglobin in a volume of red blood cells that have been packed together rather then in one cell alone.

The normal expected values for every lab vary slightly and would be printed next to each value usually highlights if it is outside expected ranges.

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