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Overview Brief

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCB) is the average mass of hemoglobin per red blood cell [1]. It is measured in the Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin test as an indicator of blood health.

What is Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin?

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin is a diagnostic procedure that measures the amount of hemoglobin in the blood and thus used to identify blood diseases.

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin is part of a complete blood count (CBC) test. Along with Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC) and Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV), it forms an index known as red blood cell indices [2]. Abnormalities in this index could indicate some infection, anemia, cancer or other blood diseases.

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin is required along with Mean Corpuscular Volume to identify the type of anemia, if any, affecting the blood.

Why is Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin suggested?

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin is suggested in the following cases:

  • As part of a routine blood test.
  • To detect the presence of anemia or other blood diseases.
  • To test for the possibility of cancer.

How is Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin performed?

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin is performed by a trained pathologist.

  • A blood sample is taken from the patient.
  • The sample is taken to the laboratory for analysis
  • MCH is derived by dividing the amount of hemoglobin per 1000 milliliters of blood by the red blood cell count in millions per milliliter of blood.

Other tests may be needed along with Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin.

Parameters measured in Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

The following parameters are measured in Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

  • Average hemoglobin amounts per blood cell (measured in picograms).

Preparations before performing Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

The following preparations will ensure that Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin goes smoothly.

  • Patients should inform pathologists if they are susceptible to excessive bleeding.

Post-care after Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

No special post-care is required after Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin.

Sample types in Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

The following samples are needed for Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

  • Blood sample.

Side effects/risks of Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

The following risks are associated with Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

  • Mild risk of excessive bleeding when drawing blood samples.

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