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|Why is this test done?||These parameters are usually calculated to help diagnose and classify anemia.|
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|Associated Tests:||Other tests that are part of the complete blood count are also done at the same time such as hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cell count, platelet coun and white blood cell count.|
Red blood cell indices is a broad term referring to mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH). The red blood cell count, hematocrit value and hemoglobin levels are used to calculate those parameters. These calculations offer information about red blood cell volume and their hemoglobin content.
Anemia has an impact on these parameters, either increasing or decreasing their result. Each type of anemia has a different impact on mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration and mean corpuscular hemoglobin calculations. These test results will help address the cause of this health issue. In addition, certain drugs and liver diseases can affect these parameters.
Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)
Mean corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH)
Before going for blood tests, a procedure or other exam, it is best to always bring a list of all the drugs you take (prescription, OTC and natural health products). Unless told otherwise, you should take your medication as usual on the day of the test. When in doubt, ask your pharmacist for more information.
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