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High MCH or MCHC - 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 (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), which constitutes 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 useful in the categorization of anemia, that is the drop in hemoglobin quantity in the blood. When these values are increased, anemia is qualified as hyperchromic, and is particularly common in cases of pernicious, or Biermer anemia with vitamin B12 deficiency, or in certain bone marrow disorders.