Hematology... What Does RBC,MCV, AND MCH STAND FOR?


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Amalia Syeda-Aguirre Profile
When discussing hematology there are a number of abbreviations used. RBC stands for red blood cells; MCV is short for mean corpuscular volume and MCH stands for mean corpuscular hemoglobin.

Hematology is the study of the blood and related organs, and diseases. Red blood cells are are the most common type of blood cell and the body's principal means of delivering oxygen around the body. They transport the oxygen from the lungs and release it into the body's capillaries. A quarter of the cells in a human body are red blood cells. Red blood cells can be obtained by separating the cells from the blood plasma. This is useful as red blood cells are pumped into body during plasma donation, and red blood cells can be kept for up to five weeks at the right temperature (-79 degrees Celsius).

Mean Corpuscular Volume is the measure of the average red blood cell volume against the complete blood count. MCV below or above normal range will cause anemia. If the MCV is below the normal range then a person is said to be suffering from microcytic anemia, whilst if the MCV is above the normal range it is classed as macrocytic anemia. MCV is calculated by dividing the packed cell volume by the red blood cell count. The result is measured in femtoliters. The normal MCV is generally between 80 and 100 femtoliters.

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin is the average mass of hemoglobin per red blood cell. This is normally reported as a part of a standard complete blood count. Hemoglobin is a type of protein found in the red blood cells and it is what carries the blood and releases the oxygen for use in cells, it also collects carbon dioxide and transports it to the lungs.
Gianluca Gonzi Profile
Gianluca Gonzi answered
RBC is red blood cell count  normal value of 4.0-5.4 M/Microlitre  MCV and MCH are involved in red cell indices, which icnludes MCHC  MCV stands for mean corpuscular volume of the red cell, giving an indication of the size, normal values 80-100fl. MCH is mean corpuscular hemoglobin,  i.e the red cell hemoglobin content, normal values of 26-34 pg and MCHC is mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration which is the ratio of mean corpuscular hemoglobin to  mean corpuscular volume normal range is 31-37.5 g/dl
Jodi Something Profile
Jodi Something answered
The RBC is red blood cells. The MCH is the average amount of hemoglobin in red blood cells and MCV is the average volume of red blood cells. The MCH and MCV are difficult for you to understand. I am a nurse in the ER and I really don't pay much attention to those test.
Roger Macario Profile
Roger Macario answered

RBC stands for red blood cells,these cells transport hemoglobin which in turn transports oxygen.

MCV stands for Mean corpuscular volume which is  the average volume of red cells in a specimen. MCV is elevated or decreased in accordance with average red cell size

MCH stands for Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin which refers to the average amount of hemoglobin found in red blood cells.

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