- Packed Red Blood Cell Volume
- Packed Cell Volume (PCV)
Hematocrit is a measurement of the amount of red blood cells that are present in blood, making up a percentage of the total volume of blood. Low blood levels are seen in people with anemia, excessive bleeding, cirrhosis of the liver, leukemia, or cancers. High blood levels are seen in people with emphysema, extensive burns, dehydration, or eclampsia (severe high blood pressure during pregnancy). Hematocrit is rarely tested by itself, but is normally run as part of a Complete Blood Count (CBC).
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