Mean Corpuscular Volume, MCV, is a measure of the average size of red blood cells (erythrocytes) in a sample of blood. It is expressed in femtoliters (fL) and is determined by measuring the volume of a large number of red blood cells and taking the average.
The test is for you who want to gain insight into and a good overview of your blood values. Along with several other markers for red and white blood cells and platelets, MCV is also included in the complete blood count and b-cell test.
This is how it works: The test is a blood test that is carried out at the selected sampling unit.
Sample response: You normally have a response within 6 banking days after taking the sample. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test results, you will receive a report in English about your values and the doctor's comment.
Remember: Bring valid identification with you when taking the sample.
Red blood cells are important for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues. They are produced in the bone marrow and have a lifespan of about 120 days. The size of red blood cells is an important factor in their ability to function properly. If the MCV is low, it may indicate that the red blood cells are smaller than normal (microcytic anemia). This can be caused by a variety of factors, including iron deficiency, thalassemia, or anemia of chronic disease. If the MCV is high, it may indicate that the red blood cells are larger than normal (macrocytic anemia). This can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12 or folate, or by certain medications or liver diseases.
MCV is typically measured as part of a complete blood count (CBC), which is a common blood test used to evaluate a person's overall health. It is often used in conjunction with other tests to help diagnose and treat various conditions that can affect the size and function of red blood cells.
By calculating the mean corpuscular volume (MCV) of erythrocytes, one can diagnose anemia, which is a condition where there are not enough red blood cells or hemoglobin in the body. MCV is often used to diagnose anemia, as it can be low in some types of anemia (eg, iron deficiency anemia) and high in others (eg, vitamin B12 deficiency anemia).
MCV can also identify underlying causes of anemia or other conditions that affect the size of red blood cells. MCV is often included in blood tests for blood status, which is a common blood test used to evaluate a person's general health. Abnormal MCV results may indicate the presence of a medical condition that needs further evaluation.
A high value can occur with anemia caused by B12 and/or folic acid/folate deficiency. High values can also occur with heavy alcohol consumption and liver disease.
A low value can be seen in iron deficiency anemia and thalassemia (hereditary disease).
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.