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Dr.: I just had blood tests done, and am seeing an MCV level

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Dr. Cameron:
I just had blood tests done, and am seeing an MCV level of 97 (it was 92 just 6 months ago), and an MCHC level of 30 (it was 34.1 6 months ago). What could these two changes indicate?
Thank you!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
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Increased MCV means increased red cell volume.
MCHC measures the amount of hemoglobin in each cell.
So increased volume will cause corresponding drop in hemoglobin concentration.
These changes are still in normal range.
MCV above 100 needs further evaluatino for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.
Also alcohol can cause increased MCV commonly.
Rarely, white cell malignancy can cause increased MCVs --but white cell count also will be very high.
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