Low MCH or MCHC concentration - Definition

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Definition


Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) corresponds to the mean mass of hemoglobin present in one red blood cell, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen to the organs. It is often, however, replaced by the MCHC, signifying mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, which is a more precise value, generally required to characterize a form of anemia. These values are all calculated in a laboratory using blood samples, and make up part of the typical blood tests performed when a complete blood count is conducted. They are particularly useful in the categorization of anemia, the drop in hemoglobin quantity in the blood. When these values are decreased, anemia is qualified as hypochromic, and is particularly common in disorders affecting the body's ability to synthesize hemoglobin, or in iron deficiency.

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