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Old 09-15-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Re: Mcv mch

This is a condition called macrocytosis (meaning large red blood cells). MCV is the average volume contained in the red blood cell and MCH is the average amount of hemaglobin contained in the cells. Macrocytosis can be caused by shortages of or problems processing vitamin b12 and/or folic acid, alcohol use or abuse, certain medicines, bone marrow disorders and several other conditions.

Basically, it is often an indication that the blood production process in the bone marrow is not properly regulated. The large cells generally are not a medical risk in themselves, but the underlying conditions that cause them can be. It is important for you to follow up with your doctor and possibly get a referral to a hematologist if you have this condition so they may determine its cause and any appropriate treatment.