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Normal MPV level in the blood

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Normal MPV level in the blood
Last update: 30/03/2021

What is the normal range of MPV?

Adults: 9-12 fl.
Children: 9-12 fl.

Why normal levels can differ across different labs?

Each laboratory must establish its own normal ranges for MPV in the blood. These ranges depend on the makeup of the local population, the technologies used and the accuracy of the measurement. There may be also slight differences in the normal levels according to age, gender, race or ethnic origin, geographic region, diet, type of sample and other relevant status.

Your doctor will study the results along with your medical record, screenings, physical condition, symptoms and any other relevant information about your situation.

What is MPV?

MPV means Mean Platelet Volume and measures the average size of platelets.

Platelets are blood cells that play a major role in blood clotting. The clot acts like a mesh to stop the bleeding. Platelets travel where there is an injury to form a mesh that plug the injury.

The MPV is the measurement of the average size of platelets found in blood and is typically measured in femtoliter (10-15 liter).

What is MPV test used for?

The MPV is used as a help screen for or diagnose bleeding or clotting conditions. It must be used along with platelet count.

If MPV is higher than normal, the cause may depend on the platelet count:

  • Normal or high platelet count: Chronic myeloid leukemia or hyperthyroidism.
  • Low platelet count: ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura) or preeclampsia.

If MPV is lower than normal, it may be due to:

  • Normal platelet count: Kidney failure.
  • Low platelet count: Aplastic anemia or chemotherapy.
  • High platelet count: Infection, inflammation or cancer.

There are also many genetic diseases related to an altered MPV. The most common genetic disease that runs with a MPV high is Bernard Soulier syndrome and the most common one that runs with a MPV low is Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.

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Which values are considered a normal MPV level in the blood?

The following values are considered to be normal values:

IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in fl (femtoliter). They are an example of a healthy man/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.

MPV
Normality
9 fl9.1 fl9.2 fl9.3 fl9.4 fl9.5 fl9.6 fl9.7 fl
9.8 fl9.9 fl10 fl10.1 fl10.2 fl10.3 fl10.4 fl10.5 fl
10.6 fl10.7 fl10.8 fl10.9 fl11 fl11.1 fl11.2 fl11.3 fl
11.4 fl11.5 fl11.6 fl11.7 fl11.8 fl11.9 fl12 fl 
Medically reviewed by our Medical staff on 30/03/2021

Bibliography

  • A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Test. 9th edition. Frances Fischbach. Marshall B. Dunning III. 2014. Pag 148. ISBN-10: 1451190891.

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