2010 Update for MPV Information
I wanted to update this article because it's been a while since it was written and it keeps getting comments with specific numbers and information asking others if that MPV number is normal, what it means, etc. So I thought I'd take the time to remind those commenting of a few things:
1. Do NOT reveal medical information online. This isn't just my paranoid point of view - revealing medical information online can lead to any number of people seeing your information when you would rather they did not. How would you feel if an insurance agent saw the information you're posting in the comments? Take time to answer that question, and come back and see if it's still worth posting. Also, this leads us to point 2...
2. We here at Brighthub are NOT Medical Doctors that can diagnose problems based on a routine blood examination. Rather than posting numbers and questions in the comments, it would be beneficial to sit down with your doctor and ask him a hard question or two if you feel that your MPV is not normal.
Again, just to reiterate a few things in the article above:
MPV IS NOT DIAGNOSTIC OF ANYTHING ALONE. This is very, very important. If you have a more serious condition, like thrombocytopenia, your platelet counts will be astoundingly low (think 20s or lower). The volume of your platelets could be indicative of further testing that needs to be done or it could just be a normal state for your body.
Bottom line is, while I appreciate that all of you want help and have come to this forum as a place to ask for it, think carefully about the information you post and remember that only your fellow commenter can actually help you, as Brighthub is legally bound to only provide information regarding the test, not information about your specific case. Best of luck to all of you!