We have discussed two approaches to determining the hematocrit (Hct): the manual (spun) Hct and the Hct calculated from the red cell count and mean cell volume (the latter two parameters being directly measured using automated hematology analyzers). Which tends to be higher?
In theory, can the hematocrit be normal with a hemoglobin (Hb) of zero?
Under what conditions is the spun Hct carried out instead of automated method?Click for Answer
The following is a complete blood count from a patient with cold agglutinin disease: