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Re: Mcv question
Aug 23, 2009
doxielove--Welcome to the boards! :wave:

That is a good question, I can explain a little perhaps. Ranges are just that and nothing more. Not all people will fit into these ranges and this is the way it is for some. Doesn't necessarily mean something is abnormal. However, it could mean many different things for individuals.

As far as the MCV goes the[U] Normal Adult [/U]range is 80-100'ish depending on labs, with 90 being at optimal range. This is the [B]goal [/B]to be OPTIMAL.

MCV, MCH, MCHC, and RDW are measurements or calculations related to red blood cells (RBCs).

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measurement of the average size of your RBCs.

The[B] MCV [/B]is [B]elevated[/B] when your (RBC's) red blood cells are larger than normal, i.e., in anemia caused by Vit B-12 deficiency.

When the MCV is [B]decreased[/B], your (RBC's) red blood cells are smaller than normal ([B]microcytic[/B]), such as seen in Iron Deficiency Anemia or [B]Thalassemias[/B].

From my own experience I was classed as being moderately anemic with a severely low MCV of 65. I know this is not a good example because it was so low; however, now with ongoing treatment for years, my MCV is 90 at an OPTIMAL level.

I cannot give you a definitive answer. I hope that the information given has helped a little. Take care. FLFG:)

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