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Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measurement of the average size of your RBCs. The MCV is elevated when your RBCs are larger than normal (macrocytic), for example in anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. When the MCV is decreased, your RBCs are smaller than normal (microcytic), such as is seen in iron deficiency anemia or thalassemias. The normal range for MCV is 80 to 100. You should get checked for both B12 deficiency and folate deficiency. IDA, B12 deficiency and folate deficiency can all co-exist. And it doesn't hurt to have your thyroid levels checked as well. Many people who have Pernicious Anaemia, a more progressive form of B12 deficiency, also have IDA and/or folate anaemia and thryoiditis.

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