MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) is an estimate of the amount of hemoglobin in a red blood cell. Hemoglobin is a protein responsible for transporting oxygen from your lungs to your body’s tissues. It plays an important role in the shape of your red blood cells and overall health. If an unusually high or low amount of MCH is found during a blood test, this usually signifies macrocytic or microcytic anemia.
FastMed Urgent Care clinics follow a family physician model and offer blood tests, flu shots, x-rays, and treatments for a wide range of illnesses and injuries. We are open 365 days a year, including holidays, have extended hours during the week, and never require an appointment. If you are looking for MCH blood tests, or would simply like to learn more about them, FastMed Urgent Care has you covered.
Why Is an MHC Blood Test Important?
During a blood test, what do high levels of MCH mean?
MCH levels are considered high if they are 35 or higher. High levels of MCH usually indicate that you have macrocytic anemia, a condition characterized by red blood cells that are larger than normal and, therefore, have more hemoglobin present in them. An insufficient supply of vitamins B12 or folic acid is usually the cause of macrocytic anemia.
What do low levels of MCH mean?
MCH levels are considered low if they are below 26. Low MCH levels can indicate microcytic anemia, acute iron deficiency, or hemoglobinopathy.
- Microcytic anemia is characterized by red blood cells that are smaller than normal and contain lower amounts of hemoglobin. The most common cause of microcytic anemia is iron deficiency.
- Acute iron deficiency is caused by insufficient amounts of iron in your blood and can cause weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and pale skin.
- Hemoglobinopathy is a group of genetic blood disorders that cause an abnormal form of hemoglobin, like sickle cell anemia.
Addressing your health care needs shouldn’t be complicated. FastMed accepts most insurance plans and credit cards, offers discount programs, and allows patients to check-in online. At FastMed, we strive to make every patient experience professional, compassionate, and convenient.