Complete Blood Count (CBC) blood test
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) blood test is a common laboratory test that measures various components of the blood, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The CBC test provides important information about the overall health of an individual and can be used to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions.
During a CBC test, a sample of blood is taken from a vein in the arm and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The test measures several components of the blood, including:
Red blood cells (RBCs): These are the cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.
White blood cells (WBCs): These are the cells that help the body fight infection and disease.
Hemoglobin: This is the protein that gives red blood cells their color and helps carry oxygen throughout the body.
Hematocrit: This is the percentage of red blood cells in the blood.
Platelets: These are the cells that help the blood clot and prevent excessive bleeding.
The CBC test is used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions, including anemia, infections, leukemia, and other blood disorders. The results of the CBC test can provide important information about the health of an individual and can help healthcare providers make informed decisions about treatment and management of medical conditions.
This page is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute the provision of medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice regarding any of the tests and conditions referenced above are advised to consult with a licensed clinician. Always seek the advice of your qualified health provider regarding a medical condition and do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information on this page. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or go to the nearest urgent care center or hospital.
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