anaemia (microcytic)

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This is anaemia where the mean cell volume (MCV) is less than 76 femtolitres (normal range = 76-96).

The most common cause of microcytic anaemia is iron deficiency anaemia. This shows a microcytic, hypochromic blood film with anisocytosis and poikilocytosis.

Note that reference ranges may vary between laboratories.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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