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MCV is a blood test marker you’re given a result for once you’ve completed the Complete Blood Count test.
So what that marker means: MCV is the total volume of packed red blood cells (hematocrit), divided by the total number of red blood cells. Then the result of this division is multiplied by 10.
But we don’t actually have to know anything about how they get the number, we just have to know what the number we’ve been given means for our health.
Interpreting MCV Results
So, the normal reference range for MCV is between 78-98 FL. Meaning if your results are within or very close to 78-98 then you should be doing just fine. But be sure to check your specific result papers closely, since some tests might conclude a slightly different normal range.
If you’re results are within the healthy range, then lucky you! You can leave this page happy. If you’re not in the healthy range, then let’s lets look over what it means for you.
Low MCV Result
Typical low readings are around 60-70 FL.
There are numerous possible reasons for these low results. The most common of which being anemia. Anemia is a condition that involves an abnormally low amount of hemoglobin in the blood (a substance that that helps carry oxygen to cells). If you think you’re low readings might be due to anemia, you might want to get tested for anemia.
Low results can also be due to iron deficiency, inadequate dietary intake, gastrointestinal blood loss or menstruation, allergies, chronic disease, lead poisoning and kidney failure.
For more in depth information about low mcv results visit the low mcv results page.
High MCV Result
Just like a low reading, theres a lot of reasons why you’re results might be high.
Here’s a list of a few:
- Liver disease
- Alcohol abuse
- Marrow aplasia
- Vitamin B12 Deficiency
If you have a particularly high result you’re going to want to get some extra tests done.All about MCV in Blood Tests. What Does your High or Low Result Mean? by admin