Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Hematology: mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration

Synonym(s): MCHC

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman, Karen L Gerber, Andy Torrance

Overview

  • The mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) indicates the average concentration of Hgb in RBC.
  • MCHC = (Hbg x 100)/PCV in g/dl.
  • More accurate measure of hemoglobin in red blood cells than mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH).

Sampling

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Tests

Validity

Sensitivity

  • Low.

Specificity

  • Low.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Represents mean values only (Hb change in small numbers of RBCs can be detected by visual assessment of pigmentation on stained blood smear).

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Cowell R L, Tyler R D & Meinkoth J H (1999) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 2nd edn. Mosby, St Louis.
  • Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffy E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa University Press, Ames, Iowa.
  • Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Hematology. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia.


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