blood count

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include the number of white blood cells (WBC), red blood cells (Hgb or Hct) and platelets (plt).
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Dr. Michael Engel answered:

Is 5.0 a low blood count?

It's on the low side

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but falls within the normative range for an adult. Total WBC count is not necessarily the most important or informative parameter to focus on. There are several different types of white blood cell, each with unique functionality, that in combination comprise the totality of our cellular immune response. Each cell type has a normal range. More important is the infection history of the patient.
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What is normal blood count?

Hemoglobin 11-14

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Hemoglobin 11- 14 grams/dl
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What causes low blood count?

Anemia

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Is another term for low blood counts. There are multiple causes including but not at all limited to blood loss (menstrual periods, bleeding from the GI tract), nutritional deficiencies (iron, folate, B 12), chronic illnesses, medications, and bone marrow problems. Your Dr. should be able to help you figure out what is causing your low blood counts and if it's serious or not.
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What does low blood count mean?

Low cells

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A "low blood count" usually means a low value or # of cells in the CBC (complete blood count). There are many numbers in a CBC, but the main ones are Hgb (measure of red blood cells = RBC), WBC (=white BC), and platelets. The other numbers and "differential" help further clarify the cyto(=cell)penia(=low). Additional labs or a bone marrow biopsy may be necessary to evaluate.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Is 12 normal for red blood count?

Incorrect value

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Normal Red cell count is around 5 million/cmm. Hemoglobin is around 14 gm/dL. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003644.htm
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

What does a blood count tell you?

A lot

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All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. A blood count provides considerable information and I cannot do justice to the subject in this forum. Please consult this site for details. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/complete-blood-count-cbc
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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered:

How can I bring my blood count up?

See below

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we need to know what exactly is low---your white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, etc in order to best answer this question
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Dr. James B. Ball answered:

What does a full blood count test?

Types of blood cells

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A complete blood count (CBC) tests for three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It also give characteristics (size, etc) of some of these. It often includes a description of the white blood cells, called a differential. This can give Additional information if the white blood cell count is high or low.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Can a full blood count pick up hiv?

No

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A blood count is not meant to diagnose HIV.
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Does brown blood count as my period?

If this is the time

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that your period is anticipated - then yes. Brown blood is usually just blood that is old & deoxygenated. Take care.
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