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Packed Cell Volume

Interpreting Results

Overview of PCV

What is PCV?

This test is usually done as a part of routine health check up, when you have symptoms of anemia like fatigue, weakness, or polycythemia like headaches. If you are already taking medicines for anemia, your doctor will order this test to monitor the response to treatment. Even when you are dehydrated, get your packed cell volume test done for the evaluation of extent and monitoring for treatment.

Why is PCV done?

  1. As a part of complete blood count (CBC) or general health examination 
  2. If you have signs or symptoms suggestive of anemia like fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath
  3. If you have signs or symptoms of increased red blood cell count or hemoglobin like headaches, disturbed vision, dizziness, enlarged spleen 
  4. If you have symptoms of severe dehydration

Preparation for PCV

  • No special preparation required

Sample Type for PCV

The sample type collected for Packed Cell Volume is: Blood

Interpreting PCV results


  • Low PCV with low hemoglobin and RBC count indicate anemia. Some common causes are: excessive loss of blood, iron or vitamin B12 deficiency, bone marrow disorders like aplastic anemia, chronic kidney disease, hemolytic anemia 
  • High PCV with high RBC count and hemoglobin indicates polycythemia. Some causes of high hematocrit are dehydration, lung disease, congenital heart disease, smoking, high altitude, kidney tumors 

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