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The Mean Corpuscular Volume is a red blood cell size index and represents the volume occupied by a single red blood cell. It is calculated according to the formula: MCV = [hematocrit (%)/ no. of red blood cells (x10^6/microL))x10
MCV is a useful index for the classification of anaemias and may suggest the pathophysiological mechanism of red blood cell damage. Together with the other red blood cell indices it may allow the early detection of processes that will cause anaemia.
samples of venous blood taken using an anticoagulant
1 business day, depending on the number of samples