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What is the MCV test used for?
The MCV test is majorly performed to measure the size of the red blood cells in the body. This test is primarily conducted as a part of the complete blood count, also termed as CBC, in which the healthcare professional determines the count of red blood cells, white blood, and platelets in your body necessary to carry oxygen from one organ to another in the body. The MCV test is a routine screening test that measures several different components of the blood, including the red blood cells. In case you’re suffering from any blood disorder or expecting related symptoms, your doctor will advise you to undergo the MCV test.
What is included in the MCV test?
The MCV test includes the checking of the size of your red blood cells that are essentially important for your body as they are responsible for carrying oxygen from the lung to several other organs, which helps them grow and keeps you physically healthy. Along with the red blood cell count, the MCV test is also conducted for the measurement of haemoglobin.
Procedure for MCV test
During the MCV test, the healthcare professional will follow the below-mentioned procedure-
- The professional expert will tie an elastic on your left hand to stop the continuous blood
- They will use a disinfectant to clear the patch on your hand
- A needle will be inserted to take out blood
- Later, the blood will be transferred to the test tube or veil
- They will give you a cotton ball to clean the area.
Once the blood is collected, they will carry it to the accredited laboratory, where the test will be conducted.
How to prepare for the MCV test?
While going for the MCV test, specific preparations need to be done. However, your healthcare advisor may suggest you undergo several other blood or urine tests. In case they do, you may need to fast for 8-10 hours. You can drink water during this period. If you take medications, inform your doctor beforehand, as they might interfere with your test results. Apart from these, if there are any specific suggestions, your healthcare advisor will suggest them to you before time.
Things to consider after the MCV Test test is complete
Once the test is done and you feel well, you may leave the place. The side effects from the test are very uncommon but may include;
- Infection: Each time the skin punctures, there is a little risk of infection.
- Bleeding: Those who are on medications like blood thinners and the ones having bleeding-related issues will have to hold pressure on the site for some period to stop the bleeding.
- Hematoma: This condition is a bruise that may occur at the site of a blood draw. Hematoma is common in people taking blood-thinning medications and those who have bleeding disorders.
If you suffer from any such diseases or experience related symptoms, it is best recommended to contact your healthcare advisor.
*What types of infection can the MCV test detect?
An MCV test is usually recommended by your healthcare professional to measure the size of the red blood cells in your body. The red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen from one organ to another in the body. In case the red blood cell size is too small or too big, it might direct towards blood disorders such as Platelet disorders, bleeding problems, excessive clotting, Anemia, leukemia, myeloma, and Eosinophilic disorders.
How much does an MCV test cost?*
MCV test costs between INR 1275-2500, depending upon the lab partner and the city where you stay.
*Disclaimer: The value varies based on location, time, and your preferred lab partner.
How long does it take to get the results for the MCV test?
You can expect to get the results for the MCV test within 24 to 48 hours after the sample is collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What do abnormal MCV test results indicate?
In case your MCV test results come out to be abnormal, they may indicate the following blood disorders.
When the size of the red blood cells is smaller than normal. It might lead to the following conditions.
- Anaemia – Anemia is a blood disorder in which your blood has a fewer amount of red blood cells than the normal range. The most common type of Anemia is iron-deficiency Anemia.
- Thalassemia is commonly found in people whose family members have suffered from it in the past; hence it is termed as a hereditary disease that passes onto generations. This condition can lead to severe Anemia.
When the size of the red blood cells is larger than normal. It might direct towards the below-mentioned conditions.
- vitamin B12 deficiency
- Liver diseases include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, Wilson disease, and hemochromatosis.
- Deficiency in the folic acid – type of the Vitamin B
By any chance, your MCV test report does not come out to be normal; it does not necessarily mean that you’re suffering from any blood disorder or liver disease. Whereas, this condition may also appear because of several food habits, activity levels, irregular menstrual cycle, medications, and so on.
Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.
Is MCV a definitive test?
Although MCV is not a definitive test, it is used as one of the diagnostic tests for analyzing the size of the red blood cells in the body and increase or the decrease in size, since red blood cells are an essential component of our body and are also termed as the building block, it is essential to keep them in check. Doctors might ask for some additional tests to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other health conditions. Therefore, the abnormal size of the red blood cells always indicates health disorders; it may not be enough to confirm the disease.
How to read the MCV report?
MCV 83- 101 fL
The low MCV is indicated as the microcytic,high MCV is indicated as macrocytic, whereas the normal range is termed as normocytic. Looking at reports, you can easily make out the results. However, a few laboratories opt for different types of measurement methods for MCV tests that may affect the final value a little. Discuss with your doctor to know about different terminologies in test results.
Why book an MCV test?
An MCV test is majorly conducted to monitor the average size of the red blood cells in the human body. In case your results show high or low MCV, they might direct towards several health conditions therefore, a thorough checkup is a must. In case you’re experiencing the below-mentioned symptoms, we recommend you to go under the MCV test after consulting your healthcare advisor. The symptoms are as follows-
- Bruising or unusual bleeding
- Cold feet and hands
- Pale skin
In case you’re going through any such diseases or experiencing the similar symptoms, it is best recommended to book a MCV test
MCV test at home – how does it work?
The MCV test is just like any other blood test. A lab technician visits your home when you book your tests through the MFine app. The lab technician first cleans the arm and then inserts a syringe into a vein. The required amount of blood is then taken into a vial. The lab technician then removes the needle and places cotton wool or a bandage over the prick.
Are there any risks involved with MCV tests?
Although a MCV test is a simple blood test and does not involve any health risks in particular as all they do is take out some blood as a sample to check under the microscope. However, there are some minor side effects that you might witness after getting the MCV test done. These are as follows-
- Blood collecting under the skin
- Minor skin infections
- Lightheaded feeling
Apart from these, there are no side effects of the MCV test. In case you suffer any significant complications, it is advisable to visit your healthcare professional as soon as possible to minimize future health issues.
What can affect the results of the MCV test?
If you’re taking any medications before the test, it is recommended to be extra sure by informing your healthcare professional as it might directly affect the test results. Apart from this, in case the test requires fasting, you should consult your doctor for the same. Also, if there are any specific instructions from your doctor’s end, such as fasting, make sure you follow them religiously to achieve accurate results. Note, the results of the MCV test will help your healthcare professional plan the future treatment process; therefore, there’s no scope of gaps.
Why book an MCV Test?
- MCV test is necessary to detect blood clots and other blood-related disorders in your body.
- If you have experienced excessive bleeding and bruising, your physician will prescribe you the MCV test. Several underlying diseases can be detected with the help of the MCV test.
- Both macrocytic and microcytic anemia show similar symptoms in your body. These symptoms are weakness, fatigue, loss of stamina, dizziness, pale skin, shortness of breath. Therefore, to be sure of the type of anemia you are suffering from, the MCV test is necessary.
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What do Abnormal Results Indicate?
- Abnormalities in the size of the red blood cells are detected in the MCV test. This test is part of the regular CBC screening.
- The normal range of MCV in adults varies between 80 and 100 femtoliters. This range, however, may change from one laboratory to another.
- Low levels of MCV indicate microcytic anemia or iron deficiency anemia. It occurs due to an iron deficiency in your blood.
- High levels of MCV or macrocytic anemia are caused due to vitamin B and B12 deficiency in the blood.
- The abnormal results in the patient's severe anemic condition, which results from the growth condition and functionality of organs of the body.
- Disclaimer: It has been advised to always consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.
Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs
Can I avail at-home sample collection in Mumbai?
Yes, an at-home sample collection service is available in various parts of Mumbai. You can book a test through the MFine app. Samples will be collected from your home within a scheduled time window. The sample collection booking is easy to book through the MFine portal for your preferred test.
What is the cost of the MCV test in Mumbai?
The cost of the MCV test may vary from one laboratory to another. Usually, the approximate price range is between 400 and 900 rupees. This pricing may vary on the severity of the condition.
I stay in Shimla. Can I book an MCV for my grandmother staying in Mumbai?
Yes, you can book tests for your family and relatives who stay at distant places through the MFine app. It is easy to get the booking providing the complete information about the location, date, and time slot on the MFine app.
How can I reschedule my appointment for the MCV test sample?
You can reschedule the time and date of sample collection through the MFine app. Samples will be collected from your home at your convenient time. Then, you just have to edit the timings and dates for your booking on the MFine portal.
Is the lab technician coming for MCV test sample collection vaccinated?
Yes. Our lab technicians are fully vaccinated. Further, they also ensure safety throughout by wearing a mask and using sanitizer and gloves during sample collection.
When is the MCV test recommended?
MCV test is a part of the CBC screening, which is necessary to determine the health of your blood. If you are experiencing symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, cold hands and feet, your doctor may prescribe you the MCV test.
Is a prescription required to book the MCV test?
MCV test is a part of the regular CBC, in which a panel of blood components is tested. Hence, you will require a prescription from your healthcare provider. Speak to your doctor regarding the prerequisites of the test. To book the test on MFine, the prescription is not necessary.
Does MFine provide result interpretation along with the reports?
Yes. MFine provides result interpretation along with the reports. Also, you will be able to avail a free doctor consultation after the lab test to understand your reports accurately. Our doctor will also advise and prescribe medicines if required based on the results.
Is MCV a definitive test?
What other tests are usually recommended along with the MCV test?
Firstly, the MCV level in your blood is analyzed via a detailed CBC screening. In the regular CBC test, various components like the RBCs, WBCs, and Platelets are tested. Sometimes, your doctor may require other test results to determine any medical issue. In that case, they might prescribe tests to measure the hemoglobin.
What diseases can be detected through the MCV test?
Several diseases that occur due to the abnormalities in the size of the red blood cells include
- Iron deficiency
- Liver disorders
- Blood clots
- Deficiency of vitamin B12 and vitamin B
- Various types of anemia.
How can I download my MCV report?
- Login to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click Attachment and Reports
- Click Lab Report and download the same.
Are there any discount offers running on MCV tests in Mumbai?
Usually, you can avail yourself up to a 50% discount on MCV tests through MFine. However, the discount and test price may vary based on lab partner and location.