Back

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH)

An MCH value simply refers to the average quantity of hemoglobin present in a single red blood cell.

MCH value is derived from to two other values, mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC).MCV is a measurement of the average size of your red blood cells. MCHC is calculated by the amount of hemoglobin per unit volume in a single red blood cell.

MCH level

MCH level is derived with a complete blood count (CBC) panel. It is a calculation which is done by dividing the amount of hemoglobin in a given volume of blood by the number of red blood cells present. Doctor will order a CBC panel to screen for a large range of conditions, including infection and anemia.

Normal range

The normal range for Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is between 27.5 and 33.2 picograms (pg).

Low MCH symptoms

Low MCH means that there’s a low amount of hemoglobin present per red blood cell. Below 27.5 Pg is considered as low MCH.A low MCH value generally indicates the presence of iron deficiency anemia.

Symptoms

Certain symptoms you may experience if you have low MCH value like fast heartbeat, chest pain, headache, weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, yellowish skin.

High MCH symptoms

High MCH indicates that there is a larger amount of hemoglobin present per red blood cell. Above 33.2 pg is considered high MCH.

High MCH value can be caused by anemia due to a deficiency of Vitmains B particularly folate and B-12.

Symptoms

Certain symptoms you may experience if you have High MCH value like fast heartbeat, chest pain, headache, weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, yellowish skin.

Symptoms due to anemia that’s due to B-12 deficiency are nausea or vomiting, tingling in hands or feet, Bloating and gas, depression

Symptoms due to anemia that’s due to folate deficiency, diarrhea, irritability, and decrease in appetite, smooth or sensitive tongue

Treatment for low or high MCH

Low MCH

The best we can do to treat low MCH is by including iron-rich foods to our diet and taking iron supplements.

People with mild thalassemia may not require treatment. However, blood transfusions may be required if your symptoms are severe.

High MCH

High MCH levels indicates anemias which can be treated by making lifestyle changes such as adding foods rich in vitamin B-12 and folate to your diet or doctor may prescribe required supplements to overcome the deficiency.

Authenticated by:

Dr. Gaurav Sharma

Share Article

Download The App

Back to Top
error: Content is protected !!