MCH

What is MCH?
Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is the average quantity of hemoglobin per red blood cell in the blood. It is used to help evaluate anemia. MCH is included in Nordic Wellth’s Complete Blood Count (CBC) test.

Why test MCH?
MCH is included in a detailed blood count because abnormal MCH values are seen in a variety of different health conditions.

Health check
Discover your risk factor for lifestyle diseases in time and do something about them.

Symptoms
Symptoms of anemia include weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and pale skin.

Monitoring
Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes or undergo treatments.

What do the results mean?

What causes high MCH levels?
Various things can cause high MCH, including liver disease and alcoholism, insufficient stomach acid production, megaloblastic anemia caused by folate and B12 deficiencies, and several other types of anemia. MCH results tend to mirror MCV results.

What causes low MCH levels?
This indicates that RBCs are smaller than normal (microcytic). This can be caused by iron deficiency anemia or thalassemias, B6 deficiency, internal bleeding, heavy metal burden, and increased vitamin C need. MCH results tend to mirror MCV results.

More Information
Values that are slightly outside the reference range can be normal. Reference ranges are not perfect and approximately 5% of healthy individuals may have results outside the reference range.

Instructions
No advance preparation is needed for this test.

On the day of the test
Always take your ID with you when going for a test. Arrive early and sit down quietly for 15 minutes before the test is taken.
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