Which CBC count results suggest iron deficiency anemia?

Updated: Sep 07, 2019
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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CBC results in iron deficiency anemia include the following:

  • Low mean corpuscular volume (MCV)

  • Low mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)

  • Elevated platelet count (>450,000/µL) in many cases

  • Normal or elevated white blood cell count


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