The functions of blood explained in detail and the explanation of the functions of the four main components of blood (plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes) and platelets (thrombocytes) can be read in this article.
Automated hematologic analyzers (electrical impedance- or laser-based) can measure platelet volume (MPV), just like they can measure red blood cell volume (MCV). The MPV can be useful for distinguishing between causes of thrombocytopenia (just like the MCV can provide guidance as to causes of anemia), but should never be used in isolation. During active thrombopoiesis, [...]
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