I went to an autopsy presentation this morning. There was coffee, bagels, and a walk-through of a case that related to our lecture materials. The resident was presenting the case, which concerned a patient who had, among other things, a “slightly high MCV.”
Tell them what MCV means.
Oh, sorry. Mean corpuscular volume, so like the red cells.
(drawing a little and a big circle on the board)
Right, so normal for a red cell is 5-7. And what about this patient?
Ummm … 102.
Turned out that one was talking in microns and the other was talking in femtoliters.