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MPV stands for mean platelet volume. This value is calculated by automated blood cell counters and is reported as part of a complete blood count (CBC) test.

Platelets are the smallest blood cells. They clump together into a plug at bleeding sites, helping to form blood clots. The original purpose of measuring MPV was to help determine the cause of a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). A low MPV may mean [a] low production of platelets. A high MPV can mean the body is rapidly replacing destroyed platelets.

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