(CBC) Complete Blood Count

What mean a Complete Blood Count?

By LabBee | 2022  5-minute read 

Complete blood count, or CBC is an easy blood test used to evaluate your health measuring many different parts and features of your blood. With a CBC test, physician can determines if there are any increases or decreases in your blood cell counts. Please note normal values vary depending on your age and your gender

It can help diagnose a broad range of conditions, from anemia and infection to cancer

types of blood cells

A complete blood count help measures three basic types of blood cells

Red blood cells

Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to all of your body and remove carbon dioxide

  • hemoglobin: a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen
  • hematocrit: percentage of red blood cells in your blood

These two components are measured with a CBC test

White blood cells

White blood cells help fight infections. The CBC measures the number and types of white blood cells in your body. Any abnormal increases or decreases in the number or types of white blood cells would be check by your doctor

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Platelets

Platelets help your blood clot and control bleeding. Changes in platelet levels can put you at risk for excessive bleeding and can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

Why a CBC may be ordered?

Your doctor may order a complete blood count or CBC  if you have unexplained symptoms, like  bleeding or bruising. Also it can be ordered due to routine checkups. A CBC can help your doctor checking the following:

  • Review your overall health. Many doctors will order a CBC so they can have a baseline view of your health
  • Diagnose a medical condition. Your doctor may order a CBC if you have unexplained symptoms like weakness, tiredness, fever, redness, swelling, bruising, or bleeding
  • Monitor a health problem. Your doctor may regularly order CBCs to monitor your condition if you have been diagnosed with a disorder that affects blood cell counts
  • Monitor your treatment. A complete blood count may be used to monitor your health if you’re taking medications or you are taken a specific treatment and your doctor needs to evaluate how well the treatment is working

Get ready for your CBC test

If your blood sample is being tested only for a complete blood count, you can typically eat and drink normally before a CBC. However, your doctor may require that you fast for a specific amount of time before the test if your blood sample will be used for additional tests

Do I need to know anything else about a complete blood count or CBC?

A complete blood count is only one tool your health care provider uses to learn about your health. Your provider will consider your medical history, symptoms, and other factors to make a diagnosis

Other names for a complete blood count: CBC, full blood count, blood cell count

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