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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


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Would a CBC show lymphoma or leukemia?

Would a CBC show lymphoma or leukemia?

Likely for leukemia: Oftentimes leukemias can be picked up on routine CBC since it is a cancer of the blood and causes abnormal values of your red and white blood cells to appear. Lymphomas do not always affect the blood in a way that would be picked up on cbc. All leukemias however will not be picked up on routine CBC and CBC alone will not tell you what kind of leukemia specifically one might have. ...Read more

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Does CBC is a reliable test and sure to detect if you have lymphoma or leukemia or sometimes CBC cannot detect this diseases?

CBC Utility: 1. Leukemia & lymphoma make up a huge and diverse number of different disease states.
2. These can be pre-symptomatic or advanced or in between. 3. The complete blood count (CBC) can be abnormal & there is NOT cancer (eg high WBC with UTI or pneumonia). 4. The CBC can be normal and a cancer is present. 5. Cancer diagnosis depends on many things. CBC may help along with more specialized tests. ...Read more

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In the last 10 months i"ve had 4 CBC if I had lymphoma or cancer would it show up?

In the last 10 months i"ve had 4 CBC if I had lymphoma or cancer would it show up?

Not always, ...: ..My friend. Depends a lot on the kind and the stage. You are very young and, with exceptions, cancer is not common at your age. Why are you so concerned? Talk to your doc about any abnormal symptom you may be experiencing. ...Read more

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Can indolent lymphoma - lymphnodes remain unchanged in size for 7 years with normal CBC - LDH??

Can indolent lymphoma - lymphnodes remain unchanged in size for 7 years with normal CBC - LDH??

Yes: Indolent means not growing or slow growing. It is quite common for this disease to remain stable for years. However, I would recommend regular follow up visits and labs (and Imaging studies as needed) since there is a 10% risk of transformation to a very aggressive lymphoma at any time. ...Read more

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Could I have lymphoma or leukemia, if my CBC is anemic?

Could I have lymphoma or leukemia, if my CBC is anemic?

Anemia is a sign of: Something causing lower red blood cells: blood loss, excessive destruction, or lack of production are possibilities. While the most common is blood loss from bleedig, the source must be found. Anemia may be a first sign of leukemia or lymphoma, but not very likely. Women lose blood menstrually. Oozing blood into GI tract is common. You doctor may work it up or send you to a heamtologist. ...Read more

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Can you have normal blood count (cbc) and lymphoma?

Can you have normal blood count (cbc) and lymphoma?

Yes: Lymphoma is a cancerous condition coming from lymphocytes, one type of white blood cells that protect your body from infection. Usually it arises from lymph glands or lymphoid tissues (tonsils, spleen etc) and rarely from non lymphoid tissue (bowels, thyroid). It would not cause change in blood count unless the bone marrow is involved and overwhelmed by the cancer cells which then will be stage iv. ...Read more

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Could a complete blood count (cbc) determine leukemia or lymphoma?

Not the best way: A blood cell count and blood smear may provide an indication of leukemia, however, diagnosis usually requires examination of bone marrow. Diagnosis of lymphoma usually requires biopsy of the node and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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If someone has lymphoma what would be "off" or abnormal in the CBC and cmp if anything?

Nothing: As stated in prior response the lymphomas won't necessarily show in routine labs. Lypmphoma panalel may be more specific but if you have elargesd lymph nodes getting a ct scan of chest abdomen and pelvis and / or biosy is the better way to go than to "wait" until routine labs change it could be too late if a lymphoma is present to monitor by blood only. ...Read more

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Can CBC show lymphoma? Or could it at least make the doctor request other tests for lymphoma?

Can CBC show lymphoma? Or could it at least make the doctor request other tests for lymphoma?

Maybe: Malignant lymphoma cells only enter the blood late -- if they were there early, it would be a leukemia. Anemia, especially if coombs-positive, raises suspicion for lymphoma. The classic triad of fever, weight loss, and night sweats of course suggests lymphoma, but the key is the discovery of a mass in a lymphoid area. Hodgkin's is common in youngsters; non-Hodgkin's in older folks. ...Read more

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I get sick a lot and my WBC in CBC were 7.5 the range is 4.3-10.0. So that's good. Why do I get sick still do much? Can lymphoma cause this?

Frequent infections: Frequent infections are can be related to alltergies, chronic infections, inflammatory conditions, chronic disease. If you doctor said everything looks okay on the lab work you may need to work on improving your diet, increase your vegetable and fruit intake to 7-9cupse per day, use anti oxidants and anti inflammatoires, add a probiotic and use a neti pot if you have allergies if worse, seek help. ...Read more

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Does a CBC blood test detect cancer? Specifically lymphoma?

CBC & Lymphoma: There are a few lymphomas which can be detected on a CBC but most will not show up that way. In other words, if your CBC is normal doesn't mean you don't have lymphoma. A biopsy of any enlarged lymph node is suggested. ...Read more

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If someone had lymphoma wouldn't their lymphocytes in CBC be abnormal or the t cells and b cells? Bc that's where the lymphoma originates isn't it?

Not always: The complete blood count (CBC) can be normal in lymphoma. Lymphoma may or may not be detectable in peripheral blood. The cancer may be limited to the lymph nodes and bone marrow. In some lymphomas the lymphoma cells can be found in the peripheral blood (a so called leukemic phase). ...Read more

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What's the difference between a CBC and a cbc/w differential? I had the CBC with diff can this see for blood cancers leukemia. Lymphoma etc

What's the difference between a CBC and a cbc/w differential? I had the CBC with diff can this see for blood cancers leukemia. Lymphoma etc

CBC is a short: Hand that confuses. It looks at the red blood cell count and white blood cell count and commonly describes hemoglobin, hematocrit and mchc, MCV indices to guess at anemia cause. The differential segregates the white cell count into neutrophils and lymphocytes. If normal, you don;t have leukemia. If not, marrow and closr analysis necessary. ...Read more

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How does a swollen lymph node at the back of the neck look like? And is it lymphoma?? normal cbc a month ago, 21y\o female, WORRIED??!!!

How does a swollen lymph node at the back of the neck look like? And is it lymphoma?? normal cbc a month ago, 21y\o female, WORRIED??!!!

Not likely: Usually front and side of neck are where lymph node swell or enlarges. Back of neck needs to be checked by your doc, such as lipomas or other growth. ...Read more

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Mpv is 13.4 - everything else on cbc, including extended wbcs were normal. Should I be worried? Specifically - lymphoma? 1cm lymph nodes submandibular

Mpv is 13.4 - everything else on cbc, including extended wbcs were normal. Should I be worried? Specifically - lymphoma? 1cm lymph nodes submandibular

Nope! Don't worry!: Mpv stands for mean platelet volume, or how big your platelets are. And yours are pretty normal. 5-15 is the normal range. With everything else in the normal range, there's nothing to worry about. One centimeter lymph nodes are normal, especially in someone your age. Mpv is one of many measurements we ignore on automatic blood counts, unless you have another blood problem. Which you don't! ...Read more

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Bottom of left tonsil is 'ball like'? Bigger than the right tonsil. Large crypts on the upper portion of left tonsil, normal cbc, non smoker, lymphoma

Bottom of left tonsil is 'ball like'? Bigger than the right tonsil. Large crypts on the upper portion of left tonsil, normal cbc, non smoker, lymphoma

Unlikely: Probably not, based on the limited information you provided; however, significant tonsillar asymmetry is sometimes an indication to rule out lymphoma. A consultation with your doctor or an ENT physician is recommended. They may advise to perform a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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