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Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH)

The mean corpuscular hemoglobin , or “mean cell hemoglobin” (MCH), is the average mass of hemoglobin (Hb) per red blood cell (RBC) in a sample of blood. It is reported as part of a standard complete blood count. MCH value is diminished in hypochromic anemias.

RBC indices : MCV, MCH, MCHC


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Test Panel: Hemoglobin, Red Blood Cells (RBC), HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, Platelets Count, White Blood Cells (WBC), DLC, ESR

Why Get Tested:

  • It is done as part of blood indices.
  • It is done to diagnose anemia.

When to get Tested:

  • when you have signs and symptoms of anemia (weakness, fatigue).
  • when you have signs and symptoms of polycythemia (dizziness, headache)
  • At regular intervals to monitor a disorder that affects RBCs and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment

Sample Required:

  • The best sample is EDTA blood.
  • Stable 6 hours at 25 °C  and 24 hours at 4 °C.
  • Fetal blood collected percutaneous from the umbilical area.
Test NameMaleFemale
MCH26 – 32 pg26 – 32 pg

Test Procedure or calculation

MCH Result will be detect with Calculation.


Increased MCH is seen in:

  • Macrocytic anemia and in newborn.

Decreased MCH is seen in:

  • Microcytic anemia.
  • Hypochromic anemia.

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