# Mean corpuscular hemoglobin

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin

The mean corpuscular hemoglobin, or "mean cell hemoglobin" (MCH), is the average mass of hemoglobin per red blood cell in a sample of blood. It is reported as part of a standard complete blood count. MCH value is diminished in hypochromic anemias.[1]

It is calculated by dividing the total mass of hemoglobin by the number of red blood cells in a volume of blood.

MCH=(Hgb*10)/RBC [2]

A normal value in humans is 27 to 31 picograms/cell.[1] Conversion to SI-units: 1 pg of hemoglobin = 0.06207 femtomol.[3] Normal value converted to SI-units: 1.68 - 1.92 fmol/cell.

## Worked example

Measure Units Conventional units Conversion
Hct 40%
Hb 100 grams/liter 10 grams/deciliter (deci- is 10-1)
RBC 5E+12 cells/liter 5E+12 cells/liter
MCV = Hct / RBC 8E-14 liters/cell 80 femtoliters/cell (femto- is 10-15)
MCH = Hb / RBC 2E-11 grams/cell 20 picograms/cell (pico- is 10-12)
MCHC = Hb / HCT 250 grams/liter 25 grams/deciliter (deci is 10-1)

## References

1. ^ a b
2. ^ "Mean Cell Hemoglobin". Retrieved 2009-03-03.
3. ^ Praktikum der Hundeklinik (10 ed.). 2006. p. 102. ISBN 383044141X.

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