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Hematology and Chemistry [posted 1/14/99]
Question: Recently, I underwent a blood test and was handed the results. Most of it was uneventful. However, I noticed some slightly high and slightly low marks. Could you tell me what the following are in Hematology: MCH, MCHC, Lymphocyte and Lymph absolute. In chemistry the Glucose was only 115, being elevated slightly.

Answer:  MCH,MCHC are calculated numbers having to do with mean corpuscle hemoglobin, etc. Interesting, but generally useless except for certain unusual problems. The Lymphocyte and absolute lymphocyte refer to counts of a sub-type of white blood cell. These bounce around and can be elevated or low indicating certain problems. Generally, not a big issue. The glucose would be a little high only if you were fasting. Even then still normal.

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