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A low MCH (Mean Corpuscular Volume) in a blood test is called hypochromia. It means that RBCs have a small amount of hemoglobin and they have a paler red color.
MCH test is interesting because a low MCH may be the first sign of iron-deficiency anemia.
Hypochromia or a low MCH level in the blood means:
A mild hypochromia may a consequence of an iron-deficiency anemia due to excessive bleeding (menstruation, ulcer, hemorrhoids, and esophageal varices). In mild hypochromia, hemoglobin values are usually between 10 and 12 g/dl.
It is also characteristic of suffering from some type of beta thalassemia such as beta thalassemia intermedia with values between 16 and 24 pg (hemoglobin will be between 7 and 10 g/dl and MCV between 50 and 80 fl) or the hemoglobin H disease.
A severe hypochromia may be due to a very severe iron-deficiency anemia with a very low hemoglobin level in the blood (below 5 g/dl).
The symptoms of anemia will be present such as fatigue, palpitations, fainting, etc. Immediate medical help is necessary to avoid heart problems.
There are some circumstances and drugs that may reduce your MCH:
A lower than normal MCH may be due to:
The main reason for a low MCH is suffering from iron-deficiency anemia. For this reason, it is advisable to increase the intake of iron in the diet. The following foods are rich in iron:
If values keeps on high in future tests may be due to a thalassemia that requires further research.
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The following values are considered to be above the normal range:
IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in pg (picograms). They are an example of a healthy woman of about 45 years old with no known disease and not taking any medication. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.
|26.9 pg||26.8 pg||26.7 pg||26.6 pg||26.5 pg||26.4 pg||26.3 pg||26.2 pg|
|26.1 pg||26 pg||25.9 pg||25.8 pg||25.7 pg||25.6 pg||25.5 pg||25.4 pg|
|25.3 pg||25.2 pg||25.1 pg||25 pg|
|24.9 pg||24.8 pg||24.7 pg||24.6 pg||24.5 pg||24.4 pg||24.3 pg||24.2 pg|
|24.1 pg||24 pg||23.9 pg||23.8 pg||23.7 pg||23.6 pg||23.5 pg||23.4 pg|
|23.3 pg||23.2 pg||23.1 pg||23 pg||22.9 pg||22.8 pg||22.7 pg||22.6 pg|
|22.5 pg||22.4 pg||22.3 pg||22.2 pg||22.1 pg||22 pg|
|21.9 pg||21.8 pg||21.7 pg||21.6 pg||21.5 pg||21.4 pg||21.3 pg||21.2 pg|
|21.1 pg||21 pg||20.9 pg||20.8 pg||20.7 pg||20.6 pg||20.5 pg||20.4 pg|
|20.3 pg||20.2 pg||20.1 pg||20 pg|
|19.9 pg||19.8 pg||19.7 pg||19.6 pg||19.5 pg||19.4 pg||19.3 pg||19.2 pg|
|19.1 pg||19 pg||18.9 pg||18.8 pg||18.7 pg||18.6 pg||18.5 pg||18.4 pg|
|18.3 pg||18.2 pg||18.1 pg||18 pg||17.9 pg||17.8 pg||17.7 pg||17.6 pg|
|17.5 pg||17.4 pg||17.3 pg||17.2 pg||17.1 pg||17 pg||16.9 pg||16.8 pg|
|16.7 pg||16.6 pg||16.5 pg||16.4 pg||16.3 pg||16.2 pg||16.1 pg||16 pg|
|15.9 pg||15.8 pg||15.7 pg||15.6 pg||15.5 pg||15.4 pg||15.3 pg||15.2 pg|
|15.1 pg||15 pg||14.9 pg||14.8 pg||14.7 pg||14.6 pg||14.5 pg||14.4 pg|
|14.3 pg||14.2 pg||14.1 pg||14 pg||13.9 pg||13.8 pg||13.7 pg||13.6 pg|
|13.5 pg||13.4 pg||13.3 pg||13.2 pg||13.1 pg||13 pg||12.9 pg||12.8 pg|
|12.7 pg||12.6 pg||12.5 pg||12.4 pg||12.3 pg||12.2 pg||12.1 pg||12 pg|