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X-ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X-ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can a full blood count detect cancer?

Can a full blood count detect cancer?

No: There is no test that can universally detect cancer. Abnomral blood counts may be a sign of cancer but can be caused by other things. In additon normal blood counts dose not rule out cancer. ...Read more

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If I had cancer in my body would anything indicate it on a full blood count? Thanks

If I had cancer in my body would anything indicate it on a full blood count? Thanks

No: Essentially all the blood tests employed for cancer are carbohydratre in origin. This is seen with the prefix CA i e. CA 19.9 for pancreas, CA 17.1a for colon, CA 125 for ovary. These markers are highly inaccurate for making a DX since they are elevated with inflammation of the organ. FDA has approved them for monitoring when the diagnosis is already established and one is following response ...Read more

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Can having a full blood count and imflamation blood test tell if there is any serious diseases like tumors or cancer?

Can having a full blood count and imflamation blood test tell if there is any serious diseases like tumors or cancer?

Usually not: Inflammatory markers are not specific which means anything can cause it like a cold or cancer. A blood count can hint at certain cancers like a leukemia or lymphoma. But it's not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Loose stool: At your age colon cancer would be very rare. Abd US and full blood count are not the best tests to screen for colon cancer. A colonoscopy would be the better test. If your tests thus far are normal but still have symptoms, I would see your doctor for further testing. Colonoscopy would be the best test as I stated before if all other tests were normal. ...Read more

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What are some cancers that would present with a normal complete blood count? Would sclc and/or testicular cancer present with normal cbc?

What are some cancers that would present with a normal complete blood count?  Would sclc and/or testicular cancer present with normal cbc?

Most: Most cancers do not necessarily affect your cbc. Exceptions include hematologic malignancies like leukemia and myeloma. Sclc and testicular cancer are not typically associated with CBC abnormalities. ...Read more

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Does a full blood count detect possibilities of stis???

Does a full blood count detect possibilities of stis???

?: If you are referring to sexually transmitted diseases(STD) and if by a "full blood count" you mean a CBC, the answer is no. If you mean a full panel of blood tests: routine blood tests don't check for evidence of STD. They could only tell if you had an STD in the past. To diagnose a current STD you need a sample or swab to be sent for testing. For HIV a blood test is required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does a full blood count detect diabetes type 2 or diabetes type 1? Is type 2 an autoimmune disease?

Does a full blood count detect diabetes type 2 or diabetes type 1? Is type 2 an autoimmune disease?

No: But a fasting blood glucose or Hgb a1c test would show diabetes. It does not distinguish between the two types of diabetes however. Type 1 is often considered an autoimmune disorder but type 2 more a lifestyle issue- too much fat not enough exercise. Type 1 usually requires insulin and type 2 only on occasions (may reverse to normal with weight loss). ...Read more

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What is picked up in a full blood count?

What is picked up in a full blood count?

All blood cells: A complete blood count evaluates your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The numbers of each cell are counted, and the physician notes the size and shape of the cells, which tells about certain health problems. Anemia, leukemia, iron deficiency, hemolysis (red cells being destroyed), low B12 or folate (folic acid) levels, low platelets, and mononucleosis are some examples. ...Read more

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What information is provided in a full blood count?

See below: Hemoglobin level, red and white cell count, platelet count, counts of subtypes of white blood cells. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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If a person is unable to attain an erection at all, would a full blood count indicate anything suspicious? What blood test would indicate an issue?

Not generally...: Blood count would not generally detect this issue, unless you have an undiagnosed new problem (such as too many red blood cells as in polycythemia vera). A better test would be to look at free and total testosterone and possibly prolactin levels. Of course, untreated hypertension and diabetes can also be causes of erectile dysfunction that are quite common. ...Read more

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What does a full blood count test?

Types of blood cells: 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. ...Read more

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What things show up on a full blood count?

What things show up on a full blood count?

A lot, see below: Please consult this site for info on this topic.
http://www.mercynorthiowa.com/cbc-normal-ranges. ...Read more

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Will a full blood count show whether you have diabetes?

Will a full blood count show whether you have diabetes?

No: The test termed "complete blood count" is a measurement of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It does not measure blood glucose, which is abnormal in diabetes. The group of tests that often diagnoses diabetes is called a "metabolic panel" and includes measurement of the glucose. ...Read more

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In a full blood count, what would show as abnormal if lymphoma were present?

In a full blood count, what would show as abnormal if lymphoma were present?

A CBC may: Give answers about red cells (size, volume HGB concentration) that no one wants to know, but the total hemoglobin and % (hematocrit), whilte cell count and platelet count could all be normal, or all be low with lmphoma affecting marrow. Blood tests help only a little, and more to point to effects of treatment than diagnosis of lymphoma as a condition. ...Read more

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What should a full blood count be for a 65-year-old male should it be 12.8 to 14. 8?

What should a full blood count be for a 65-year-old male should it be 12.8 to 14. 8?

Blood count 65yrs: Are you talking about the Hemoglobin? In the elderly in can be reduced abut over 12 is not a real concern ...Read more

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During a full blood count test can they determine if you have enough blood volume altogether?

No: CBC provides information about hemoglobin and white blood cells etc but does not address blood volume. ...Read more

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Would a full blood count test show electrolyte imbalances? Or should I ask for a specific test?

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Would a full blood count test show electrolyte imbalances? Or should I ask for a specific test?

No, you need bmp/cmp: A complete blood count will show indices related to your white and red blood counts, as well as your platelets. It will not show any information related to the electrolytes; these are reflected in your basic or complete metabolic panel. ...Read more

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Will a full blood count also check thyroid levels?

Will a full blood count also check thyroid levels?

No: A full blood count is usually a CBC and just checks your level of hemoglobin, white cells, and platelets. To check thyroid function you need a free T4, and TSH level. ...Read more

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I have chronic ab pains. My doc wanted a full blood count and ESR test, why?

I have chronic ab pains. My doc wanted a full blood count and ESR test, why?

See details: Probably signs of inflammation or anemia. These tests are not really that valuable. You need a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis and a GI consultation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tested with a full blood count?

Unclear question: Full blood count is a routine test done in all hospital and commercial laboratories. If you wish to be tested, it would be better to see you doctor so that she/he may interpret the results for you. ...Read more

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Why do they do a full blood count and what do they look for?

Why do they do a full blood count and what do they look for?

Screening test: Full blood count is a general screening test to assess a person's hemoglobin, white cell count and platelets. Depending on the symptoms and the findings of the test, a number of inferences can be made about health and disease. Visit this site for more info.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/complete-blood-count/basics/definition/prc-20014088 ...Read more

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Would a full blood count show any kind of disease in the body?

Would a full blood count show any kind of disease in the body?

Not every kind: While lab work, including a complete blood count (cbc), can help suggest and/or diagnose some diseases, many disorders do not show up in lab tests, especially early on. Labwork should only be ordered for age/gender appropriate screening, or if a patient's history and/or physical exam suggests a possible disease/condition/diagnosis which specific labwork would help confirm or rule out. ...Read more

Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Ruma
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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more