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Hematology: mean corpuscular volume

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Synonym(s): MCV


Overview

  • A measure of the mean RBC volume, calculated from the PCV and the RBC count.
  • Volume must change in a significant proportion of red blood cells in order to alter the value from normal.
  • May be measured directly by large commercial analysers.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • MCV = PCV (l/l) x 1000 divided by RBC count (10*12/l).
  • Measured in femtolitres (fl).

Validity

Sensitivity

  • Low.

Specificity

  • Low.

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, USA.
  • Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffy E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa University Press, USA.
  • Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Hematology. Lea & Febiger, USA.

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