- Red blood cell indices
Red blood cell indices are
blood tests that provide information about the hemoglobincontent and size of red blood cells. Abnormal values indicate the presence of anemiaand which type of anemia it is. [ [http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003648.htm MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: RBC indices] ]
Mean corpuscular volume
Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is the average size of a red blood cell and is calculated by dividing the
hematocrit(Hct) by the red blood cell count.
* Normal range: 80-100 μm3
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is the average amount of
hemoglobin(Hb) per red blood cell and is calculated by dividing the hemoglobin by the red blood cell count.
*Normal range: 27-31 pg/cell
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) is the average concentration of hemoglobin per red blood cell and is calculated by dividing the hemoglobin by the hematocrit.
* Normal range: 32-36 g/dL
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