Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)

How to Cite This Chapter: Don-Wauchope A, Chetty VT, Ivica J, Kavsak P, Khan WI, Lafreniere M, Nouri K, Solnica B. Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV). McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna. Accessed May 26, 2024.
Last Updated: May 9, 2022
Last Reviewed: May 9, 2022
Chapter Information

For a brief introduction and guide to abbreviations, see Laboratory Tests: General Remarks.

Analyte [material]

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)

Reference range, target level, or decision threshold

82-92 fL

Interpretation of results

↑ Macrocytosis (>100 fL), mostly in macrocytic anemias, reticulocytosis, pseudomacrocytosis (cold agglutinin disease, severe hyperglycemia)

↓ Microcytosis (mostly in microcytic anemias)

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