Mentzer index


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Mentzer index

(ments′ĕr)
The mean corpuscular volume divided by the red blood cell count (in millions). It is used to distinguish between two types of microcytic anemia: a value greater than 14 suggests iron deficiency anemia; a value less than 13 suggests thalassemia.
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The Mentzer index, RDW and Hb values for participants identified with possible iron deficiency are summarised in Table 3.
In iron deficiency anemia the Mentzer index will be elevated, greater than 13 (Green, 1998; Korones & Cohen, 1997).