A 32-year-old member asked:
how to increase mcv?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Herbert Duvivier answered
32 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Determine cause: A low MCV could be due to iron deficiency; however, before increasing iron intake have your iron studies checked. Another possible cause of low MCV is a hereditary condition known as thallasemia (low MCV with normal iron levels).
Answered on Oct 6, 2015
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
Why do you ask?: A very low mcv with other labs basically normal is usually Thal minor, a mild genetic variant that you simply need to understand. Low mcv can also warn of iron deficiency or a few other serious problems. Lab values aren't things to treat. Find the reason.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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