What does a high MCHC mean?

You’ll have a high MCHC value if there’s an increased concentration of hemoglobin inside of your red blood cells. Additionally, conditions where hemoglobin is present outside of red blood cells due to red blood cell destruction or fragility can produce a high MCHC value.

How do you interpret MCV MCH and MCHC?

When the MCV is high, they are called macrocytic. When the MCV is low, they are termed microcytic. Erythrocytes containing the normal amount of hemoglobin (normal MCHC) are called normochromic. When the MCHC is abnormally low they are called hypochromic, and when the MCHC is abnormally high, hyperchromic.

What does it mean when MCV are low?

The MCV will be lower than normal when red blood cells are too small. This condition is called microcytic anemia. Microcytic anemia may be caused by: iron deficiency, which can be caused by poor dietary intake of iron, menstrual bleeding, or gastrointestinal bleeding.

What does it mean when your MCV MCH and MCHC are low?

The RBC count, hematocrit level, MCV, MCH and MCHC might also be low in patients with anemia. Low RBC counts, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels can be caused by other things too, such as a lot of bleeding or malnutrition (not enough nutrients in the food eaten).

What does a MCV of 103 mean?

These indices measure the size and content of the red blood cells. The purpose of the measurement it to obtain further insight into the body’s response to anemia. Elevated MCV (>103) is a macrocytic cell. Normal MCV is a normocytic cell. Diminished MCV (<87) is a microcytic cell.

What medications cause high MCV?

MCV is raised by phenytoin, metformin, sulfasalazine, ziduvidine and chemotherapeutics drugs like methotrexate.

Why your MCV is too high?

The most common cause of high MCV results is Macrocytic Anemia, also called Macrocytosis. This means that your blood cells are too large. If your results are high your doctor will likely want to run further tests. But note that elevated levels are often a benign or very low risk.

What causes high MCV level?

There are many possible reasons why the MCV level can be too high. Cirrhosis (a type of disease that destroys the liver) can cause high MCV levels. MCV level is alcohol abuse. Hypothyroidism can cause the MCV level to be too high.

Why would MCV and MCh be high?

High MCH and MCV may indicate anemia (iron, B6, or copper), Vit b12 and folic acid deficiency or alcohol use. Even relatively small amount of alcohol 2-4 drinks per day can cause this. Other conditions that can cause high MCV and MCH are liver disease, jaundice, hypothyroidism.