Red cell mass
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In vivo test - rarely indicated, please consult haematologist.
Red cell volume, plasma volume and total blood volume calculated from PCV and isotope dilution after reinjection of red cells labelled with radioactive isotope.
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Red cell volume
Plasma volume: 40-50 mL/kg
Total blood volume: 60-80 mL/kg.
Only occasionally indicated in the investigation of polycythaemia.
Demonstration of an increased red cell volume differentiates absolute polycythaemia (primary or secondary) from relative (stress) polycythaemia.
ICSH. J Nuclear Med 1980; 21: 793-800.
Mitchell Lewis S, Bain BJ, Bates I. Dacie and Lewis Practical Haemotology. Churchill Livingstone. 10th ed 2006.