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My Blood Test Was High In My MCH Result. What Does This Mean?

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It can mean a number of various disorders which your doctor will explain to you and carry out further tests if necessary. 

A possible outcome from high MCH levels is macrocytic anemia, which simply means that you have a form of anemia in which the erythrocytes (red blood cells) are larger than their normal volume. It is not a disease but rather a condition that contains a set of pathologies that produce a similar blood red cell abnormality. 

MCH levels are considered high when the blood tests readings state 35 or higher, whereas a regular hemoglobin level will be considered between 236 and 33 pictograms per red blood cell. Macrocytic anemia can be caused by an insufficient amount of vitamin B12 intake; however other causes may include a lack of folic acid or self-inflicted problems such as alcohol abuse.

An MCH Test calculates how much hemoglobin is contained in every red blood cell, which helps determine if optimum levels of oxygen are circling around the body. For adults a normal MCH reading will usually be between 27 and 33pg. Levels above or below this marker could suggest a number of disorders.

A number of variable factors will be considered when it comes to treatment depending on what the disorder is and why the patient is suffering from it. In addition, treatment will be decided after considering other medical conditions or medications the individual may be on.  

For macrocytic anemia, you may be told to simply add liver to your diet however, it is best you speak to your doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment.

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High MCH indicates Pernicious Anemia for which you need treatment of B12 injections before your symptoms worsen.  Taking B12 orally will not work.  Your stomach or intestines are not absorbing B12 and is why your MCH is high.  

Late-stage symptoms are white hair, sore tongue, rapid heart beat, loss of bladder control, dementia (misspelled words, blanking out, cannot find the words),  loss of coordination.    B12 shots will rapidly cure symptoms.    You will need to continue B12 injections for life.

The injections do not hurt and can be given at home.
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My mch is high 33.3 along with high rdw, mpv,
hgb, hct all high can anyone explain what is going on?
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MCH can be high because of too much alcohol. Cut back on drinking and take B stress vitamins that include B12 and Folic Acid and your MCH should drop to a normal range in a couple of months.
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I have a urinary tract infection.  My blood test came back high in my MCH result. What does this mean
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MCH refers to Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin, the amount of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. If this is the only abnormality noted on a patient's CBC (complete blood count) with differential it is most likely insignificant.
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Explain what this blood means if the reading came back as being high. What has to be done to straighten it out.
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Normally when it's high.....you are deficent in B12 and folate........make sure your eating enough dark leafy green veggies and take your daily vitamin.
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How can I ask my doctor when I can't reach her via phone, her assistant called and said my labs were 'normal' and didn't want to hear from me again. The only way I knew it was high was to call and get my lab result from the medical records department. HA!   Ask your doctor, that is laughable!!
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Dr's no longer care to take the time to listen to questions...many have a "conveyor-belt" mentality....  Get em in get em out...we are  just numbers

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