In normal blood work panels there are multiple elements in the blood that are tested. Some of the more common elements are white blood cells, red blood cells, hemoglobin, and platelet levels. However, the lesser known elements on the blood work panel are MCH, MCHC and MPV. This blog will cover the meaning of MCH, MCHC and MPV.
One of the elements on the blood work panel is mean corpuscular hemoglobin or MCH. MCH defines the level of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. A high level of MCH may mean different things. It may indicate alcohol abuse or it may indicate macrocytic anemia. Other conditions may be insufficient vitamin B12 or insufficient folic acid.
However, a low level of MCH indicates a loss of blood. This low level may be from microcytic anemia or other conditions. Some of the other conditions are iron deficiency and other types of anemia.
Another element on the blood work panel is mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration or MCHC. MCHC is the percentage of the level of the hemoglobin in the red blood cells. A high level of MCHC indicates severe dehydration or spherocytosis.
However, a low level of MCHC indicates iron deficiency anemia. A low level of MCHC may also indicate overhydration. In addition, a low level of MCHC may also indicate sideroblastic anemia.
Another element on the blood work panel is the mean platelet value or MPV. The MPV is the just as suggested it averages the amount of platelets. If a MPV is high, then it may indicate a problem with the blood marrow. The problem may cause increased problems of platelets. For example it may indicate pre-eclampsia or immune thrombocytopenia.
However, it the MPV is low, then it may indicate other conditions. The may condition would be bone marrow aplasia. It may also indicate hereditary platelet disorders or aplastic anemia.
In conclusion, this blog covers some of the lesser known terms in the common blood work panel. It is important for doctors to monitor any highs or lows in the blood work panel to help find the correct diagnose for the patient.