Friday, October 20, 2017

Mentzer index mnemonic

Hello everyone!

In this post, we are going to learn about Mentzers index which helps in differentiating iron deficiency anemia from beta thalassemia.

Mentzers index  = Mean corpuscular volume (MCV, in fL) divided by the red blood cell count (RBC, in Millions per microLiter)

Formula mnemonic: MentzeR = Mcv / Rbc

The magic number is 13, you will have to remember this number.

Number mnemonic: "Mentzers index" has 13 letters :)

If less than 13: Thalassemia is said to be more likely.

If greater than 13: Iron-deficiency anemia is said to be more likely.

Interpretation mnemonic: I for IDA, I for Increase - Mentzers index is Increased in IDA.

That's all!


  1. Thalassemia can be rewritten as 'thirteenlessemia' So Mentzer index less than 13 for thalassemia.


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