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MCHC means Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration. It is measured in g/dl and indicates that the amount of hemoglobin per unit volume is lower than normal.
A low MCHC level is usually a sign of iron-deficiency anemia. A low MCHC is caused in more than 95% of cases by this condition.
However, it is not very specific because only in 20% of the people with iron-deficiency anemia there is a MCHC level below the normal range. For the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia, it is better to study other more specific parameters such as hemoglobin, MCV, RDW, serum iron, ferritin or transferrin.
A low MCHC level in the blood means:
A mild MCHC decrease is typical of iron-deficiency anemia when there is a mild anemia and hemoglobin level is around 9 or 10 g/dl.
A mild MCHC decrease is typical of iron-deficiency anemia when there is a severe anemia and hemoglobin level is very low.
A severe MCHC decrease below 25g/dl are not very common and it may be due to a serious iron-deficiency anemia.
Some circumstances may reduce your MCHC:
A lower than normal MCHC may be due to:
In most cases, a low MHCH level is due to iron-deficiency anemia. Therefore, an adequate iron intake is necessary.
The following foods are rich in iron:
If diet is not enough, your doctor may prescribe you iron supplements.
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The following values are considered to be above the normal range:
IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in g/dl. 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.
|Mild MCHC decrease|
|31.9 g/dl||31.8 g/dl||31.7 g/dl||31.6 g/dl||31.5 g/dl||31.4 g/dl||31.3 g/dl||31.2 g/dl|
|31.1 g/dl||31 g/dl||30.9 g/dl||30.8 g/dl||30.7 g/dl||30.6 g/dl||30.5 g/dl||30.4 g/dl|
|30.3 g/dl||30.2 g/dl||30.1 g/dl||30 g/dl||29.9 g/dl||29.8 g/dl||29.7 g/dl||29.6 g/dl|
|29.5 g/dl||29.4 g/dl||29.3 g/dl||29.2 g/dl||29.1 g/dl||29 g/dl|
|Moderate MCHC decrease|
|28.9 g/dl||28.8 g/dl||28.7 g/dl||28.6 g/dl||28.5 g/dl||28.4 g/dl||28.3 g/dl||28.2 g/dl|
|28.1 g/dl||28 g/dl||27.9 g/dl||27.8 g/dl||27.7 g/dl||27.6 g/dl||27.5 g/dl||27.4 g/dl|
|27.3 g/dl||27.2 g/dl||27.1 g/dl||27 g/dl||26.9 g/dl||26.8 g/dl||26.7 g/dl||26.6 g/dl|
|26.5 g/dl||26.4 g/dl||26.3 g/dl||26.2 g/dl||26.1 g/dl||26 g/dl||25.9 g/dl||25.8 g/dl|
|25.7 g/dl||25.6 g/dl||25.5 g/dl||25.4 g/dl||25.3 g/dl||25.2 g/dl||25.1 g/dl||25 g/dl|
|Severe MCHC decrease|
|24.9 g/dl||24.8 g/dl||24.7 g/dl||24.6 g/dl||24.5 g/dl||24.4 g/dl||24.3 g/dl||24.2 g/dl|
|24.1 g/dl||24 g/dl||23.9 g/dl||23.8 g/dl||23.7 g/dl||23.6 g/dl||23.5 g/dl||23.4 g/dl|
|23.3 g/dl||23.2 g/dl||23.1 g/dl||23 g/dl||22.9 g/dl||22.8 g/dl||22.7 g/dl||22.6 g/dl|
|22.5 g/dl||22.4 g/dl||22.3 g/dl||22.2 g/dl||22.1 g/dl||22 g/dl||21.9 g/dl||21.8 g/dl|
|21.7 g/dl||21.6 g/dl||21.5 g/dl||21.4 g/dl||21.3 g/dl||21.2 g/dl||21.1 g/dl||21 g/dl|
|20.9 g/dl||20.8 g/dl||20.7 g/dl||20.6 g/dl||20.5 g/dl||20.4 g/dl||20.3 g/dl||20.2 g/dl|
|20.1 g/dl||20 g/dl|