CBC w/ Diff
A complete blood count (CBC) is a laboratory test that measures several basic parameters of human blood including the red blood cell counts (erythrocytes), white blood cell counts (leukocytes) and platelets (thrombocytes). A CBC with differential is often ordered to determine a patient’s general health status. These values help medical professionals diagnose certain diseases and conditions in the human body. This test is frequently ordered in addition to other basic lab tests for routine physical exams.
SPECIFIC TESTS IN A COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT
- White blood cell (WBC) count
- White blood cell differential
- Red blood cell (RBC) count
- Platelet count
- Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
- Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)
- Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)
- Red cell distribution width (RDW)
Prothrombin time (PT) is a blood test that measures the time it takes for the liquid portion (plasma) of your blood to clot.
Partial thromboplastin time (PTT) is a blood test that looks at how long it takes for blood to clot. It can help tell if you have bleeding or clotting problems.
- The ferritin test measures the level of ferritin, the major iron storage protein in the body.
- The ferritin test is a simple blood test.
- High levels of ferritin can indicate an iron storage disorder, such as hemochromatosis, or a chronic disease process.
- Low levels of ferritin are indicative of iron deficiency, which causes anemia (a reduction in the number of red blood cells).
This test is done to test how much B12 is in your blood. This test is most often done when other blood test tests suggest a condition called megaloblastic anemia. Pernicious anemia is a form of megaloblastic anemia caused by poor vitamin B12 absorption. This can occur when the stomach makes less of the substance the body needs to properly absorb vitamin B12.
Your doctor may also order a Vitamin B12 test if you have certain nervous system symptoms. Low levels of B12 can cause numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, weak
Folate is the natural source of vitamin B9 found in a variety of foods, most often, in leafy green vegetables, dried beans, and peas.Testing for folate is very important to as it helps determine the amount of folic acid in food. This substance is important in the manufacture of red blood cells.
A blood test that measures how fast red blood cells called reticulocytes are made by the bone marrow and released into the blood.
Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test to see if you may have too much or too little iron in the blood. Iron moves through the blood attached to a protein called transferrin. This test helps your doctor know how well that protein can carry iron in the blood.