microcytic anaemia

FREE subscriptions for doctors and students... click here
You have 3 more open access pages.

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