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 Overview Brief

Complete Blood Count is a test that measures the cells in your blood. [1]

What is Complete Blood Count?

Complete Blood Count is a test that examines the cells that travel in blood. Blood consists of three types of cells suspended in a fluid known as plasma: white blood cells (WBCs), red blood cells (RBCs), and platelets (PLTs). [1]

 Why is Complete Blood Count suggested?

 Complete Blood Count is suggested to examine various disease and conditions as follows:[1]

  • Anemia
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding disorder.
  • Cancer

Complete Blood Count is also done at regular intervals to scrutinize treatment or when the patient is receiving treatment known to affect blood cells.[1]

How is Complete Blood Count performed?

In case of Complete Blood Count, a blood sample is drawn from the vein in arm.[1]

What are the parameters measured in the Complete Blood Count?[1]

WBC’s: The normal range is 4,500 to 10,000 cells per microliter

RBC’s:  The normal range for men is 4.5 million to 5.9 million cells/mcL; for women, it’s 4.1 million to 5.1 million cells/mcL.

Hemoglobin: The normal range for men is 14 to 17.5 grams per deciliter (gm/dL); for women it’s 12.3 to 15.3 gm/dL

Platelets: The normal range is 150,000 to 450,000 platelets/mcL.

MCV: A normal-range MCV score is 80 to 96.

Hematocrit: The normal range for men is between 41.5% and 50.4%. For women, the range is between 36.9% and 44.6%

Preparation before performing Complete Blood Count

There is no special preparation needed prior to Complete Blood Count.

Post-care after Complete Blood Count

Complete Blood Count is a simple procedure. No special care is required post the sample for testing has been given.  A bandage may be required as blood is drawn.

 Sample types in Complete Blood Count

A blood sample is taken in the Complete Blood Count.

Side effects/risks of Complete Blood Count

There are no risks associated with Complete Blood Count.[1]

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