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What is a normal CBC reading?

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Normal readings for some components of a complete blood-cell count differ between men and women, according to MedlinePlus. A hematocrit of 40.7 to 50.3 percent is normal for men, while 36.1 to 44.3 percent is normal for women.

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A normal hemoglobin is 13.8 to 17.2 grams per deciliter for men and 12.1 to 15.1 for women. For men, a normal red blood cell count is 4.7 to 6.1 million cells per microliter, compared to 4.2 to 5.4 million cells per microliter for women, according to MedlinePlus. Normal white blood cell counts are the same for each sex at 4,500 to 10,000 cells per microliter. Normal red blood cell indices are an MCV of 80 to 95 femtoliter, an MCH of 27 to 31 picograms per cell and an MCHC of 32 to 36 grams per deciliter. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories.

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