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Etymology: Gk, mikros + kytos, cell
(of a cell) pertaining to a smaller-than-normal cell.


A small red blood cell, having a mean corpuscular volume less than 80 fL. Common causes of microcytic anemia are iron deficiency, lead poisoning, and thalassemia.
microcytic, adjective


A descriptive term applied to a smaller than normal red blood cell.
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Cohen, AR Trotzky MS and Pincus, D (1981) Reassessment of the microcytic anemia of lead poisoning.
Anemia associated with a low MCV suggests microcytic disorders as previously described and certain hemoglobinopathies.
The high proportion of microcytic anemia and the fact that gender differences were only seen after the menarche period in women indicate that iron deficiency was the main cause of anemia.
It also displays an estimate of percentages of microcytic, macrocytic and hypochromic red cells.
Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is the most common microcytic hypochromic anaemia world wide.
Objective: Iron deficiency anemia and ss thalassemia minor are two important causes of microcytic and hypochromic anemia.
1fl and hypochromic microcytic blood picture and low ferritin level.
Diagnosis generally requires the presence of chronic infection, inflammation, or cancer; marginal normocytic and later microcytic anaemia; and abnormal values for iron studies.
A full blood count on this 40-year-old woman revealed a microcytic picture with a hemoglobin (Hb) concentration of 103 g/L, a mean cell volume of 63 fL, and a hematocrit of 0.
If the result is lower than normal, the cell is identified as microcytic.
We describe a patient with a history of chronic microcytic anemia with peripheral schistocytosis, polychromasia, and Pappenheimer bodies, treated empirically with chronic iron supplementation.
Iron deficiency anemia creates a low MCV due to production of microcytic RBCs.