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Complete Blood Count (Overview)

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 red blood cells (hematocrit).


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What does complete blood count pdw 16.5 high mean?

What does complete blood count pdw 16.5 high mean?

RDW: The red blood cell distribution width (RDW or RCDW) is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (RBC) volume that is reported as part of a standard complete blood count. Can be used to help diagnose a type of anemia if your hemoglobin is low: Men- less than 14, women- less than 12. ...Read more

Complete Blood Count (Overview)

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 red blood cells (hematocrit).


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Can a complete blood count tell you if you have mono?

Can a complete blood count tell you if you have mono?

No, but: A blood count can tell if you have an abnormal counts of the cells of the blood (white cells, red cells and platelets). One or all can be lower with mono. However, even if you have an abnormal blood count and the right symptoms, you should have the monospot test done to confirm. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
Once
Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What do my complete blood count results mean to a doctor?

What do my complete blood count results mean to a doctor?

Many things: It can tell if there is an infection, anemia and many other things depending on the results and your history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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What does high 'mean platelet volume' and high 'lymphocytes' in complete blood count(cbc) test mean?

What does high 'mean platelet volume' and high 'lymphocytes' in complete blood count(cbc) test mean?

Discuss with PCP: Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a machine-calculated measurement of the average size of platelets found in blood. MPV is higher when there is destruction of platelets. Lymphocytes are usually high on viral infections or some cancers. Discuss with your doctor about it, as lab results by themselves, like this one, don't have a context to determine level of severity associated with them. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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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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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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What does a complete blood count detect?

What does a complete blood count detect?

Wbcs, Rbcs, and plts: The complete blood count measures the number and types of white blood cells ( these fight infection). Red blood cells, hemoglobin, and hematocrit measure the availability of the cells which carry oxygen. Platelets are also measured. These are the elements that are involved in blood clotting. ...Read more

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What does a complete blood count pick up?

Many things: It can shows signs of infection from thwe white blood cell account. Anemia and posible causes by the hematocrit and hemoglobin. Abnormalities of the platelets also can be used to help diagnose problem. The CBC is a good starting point to start your diagnosis of problems. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
once
Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
once
Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
once
If male, schedule a prostate exam
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What all can a complete blood count show?

What all can a complete blood count show?

Anemia, infection,: The blood count is useful to test for anemia, infection, indications of vitamin deficiency (b-12 and folate) and inherited abnormal hemoglobin. It can sometimes give a clue to leukemias and lymphomas, allergies and a few other things. ...Read more

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What is a complete blood count used to diagnose?

What is a complete blood count used to diagnose?

Anemia,: And clues to the cause (mcv low, iron deficinency: MCHC high, b-12 deficiency), high or low white counts (leukemia and infection, high or low platelet count. It points to things being perfectly ok, or helps point a direction when someting is wrong. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
once
See your doctor to evaluate cause
Once
Have meds adjusted if needed
Once
Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Why do I need to retake the complete blood count?

Why do I need to retake the complete blood count?

Multiple reasons: Complicated question. If you are anemic (low blood count) due to blood loss from a variety of different causes or chronic illnesses, a complete blood count (CBC) is done to assess severity, progress if you are on iron supplementation or to test for leukemia (blood cancers). It can be done also to rule out errors. Dehydration or recent IV fluid can impact results too which may require repeat cbc. ...Read more

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What can you determine from a complete blood count?

What can you determine from a complete blood count?

Blood count: Complete blood count is a very powerful information on many counts.It tells if you have anemia-if so what kind.For example iron deficiency or folate/b12 deficiency.It tells if you have infection then the white cell count goes up.It informs us of platelet deficiency or excess(as seen in certain cancers)-both very dangerous.It also gives a clue to leukemia and some kinds of thallasemias. ...Read more

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What kind of test can give you a complete blood count?

What kind of test can give you a complete blood count?

Blood: A complete blood count is an analysis of blood components done following a blood draw. This is the name of the test. ...Read more

Cbc (Definition)

CBC stands for complete blood count. This is a lab test that counts the different formed elements- red and white ...Read more


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Blood Count (Definition)

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