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Microcytic Anemia

  • Microcytic Anemias are a categorization of anemias defined as those anemias which yield smaller-than-normal erythrocytes (i.e. Low Mean Corpuscular Volume or MCV). In general, a relatively limited set of pathophysiological processes yield microcytic anemias and thus measurement of the MCV can significantly narrow the possible differential diagnosis for a patient's anemia.