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nervousgal--You are responding well to oral supplements. Congrats!

MCV--Mean Corpuscular Volume is the size of the RBC.

MCH--Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin measures the amount of hemoglobin in a single red blood cell.

MCHC--Mean Corpuscular Hgb Concentration measures the average amount of Hgb per unit volume (100) of packed red cells.

RDW-Random Distribution of Weight tells how consistent the size the RBC's are. This helps to DX what type of anemia it is.

The MCV and MCH are viewed together as are the H & H to show what degree and type of anemia are present.

In simple Iron deficiency anemia--the H & H, MCV, MCH, and MCHC are DEcreased in values. The Platelets and RDW are INcreased.

MCV is what I always look at and the optimal adult is 90. I was 65 low when DX'ed.

Keep eating the iron rich diet along with your supplements and you will do very well. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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