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I am confused about my recent blood work. What is the hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc and rdw?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Complete blood count

You should not be confused with those numbers.
That is why your doctor is there to help analyse and interprete those numbers. Go to see your doctor who ordered that blood work and discuss with him/her what it means.

In brief: Complete blood count

You should not be confused with those numbers.
That is why your doctor is there to help analyse and interprete those numbers. Go to see your doctor who ordered that blood work and discuss with him/her what it means.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Red blood cells

Hemoglobin and hematocrit refer to the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
The remaining results describe the size of red cells and their hemoglobin content and variations in size. As dr. Ho pointed out, it is for your doctor to read these details and advise you.

In brief: Red blood cells

Hemoglobin and hematocrit refer to the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
The remaining results describe the size of red cells and their hemoglobin content and variations in size. As dr. Ho pointed out, it is for your doctor to read these details and advise you.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Parts of a CBC

CBC or complete blood count includes these things.
Hemoglobin and hematocrit measure red blood cells. Low levels mean anemia. The others describe red cell shape, color and size to help your doctor find the cause of anemia, if it is present. The "m" is for "mean", the "c" is for cell (or concentration), "v" is volume, "h" is hemoglobin. Rdw is RBC distribution width.

In brief: Parts of a CBC

CBC or complete blood count includes these things.
Hemoglobin and hematocrit measure red blood cells. Low levels mean anemia. The others describe red cell shape, color and size to help your doctor find the cause of anemia, if it is present. The "m" is for "mean", the "c" is for cell (or concentration), "v" is volume, "h" is hemoglobin. Rdw is RBC distribution width.
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