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what is mcv in a blood test?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
RBC size: Mcv stands for mean cell volume and measures the size of a red cell. Small size can be due to iron deficiency or various inhereted kinds of anemias most commonly. Large red cells are seen with B12 deficiency, Folic Acid deficiency, alcohol abuse, liver disease, some drugs, hypothyroidism, and many kinds of bone marrow problems. Mcv is used to help find the cause of anemia.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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From the blood count: Mean corpuscular volume. Below about 75 femtoliters, they're small, above about 95 femtolitera they're biggish.
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Workup: That is a little low and it would be worth figuring out why. Your physician may check him for iron deficiency and thalassemia minor.
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