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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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Is it true that a blood smear can give you ore accurate results than a cbc?

Is it true that a blood smear can give you ore accurate results than a cbc?

Yes: Yes a pathologist two reviews) furl smear and who has a good knowledge of the red blood cell cytology and the value limits of high and low can tell you the white blood count red blood count and platelet count and also evaluate each cell each type of the white blood cells and the red blood cells whether they are too big or too little whether they're being broken down or made normally. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal CBC and abnormal blood smear?

Is it possible to have normal CBC and abnormal blood smear?

No: A blood smear is ordered when the CBC is abnormal .A blood smear helps diagnose a range of deficiencies, disease involving blood cell production, function and destruction ; it is also used to monitor cell production/ maturity in diseases eg leukemia, during chemo/radiation therapy and evaluation of different type of hemoglobins. ...Read more

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Cbc performed-everything normal except low wbc. Blood smear- normal. Told to come bck in 2mths & redraw. Should i be worried? Wht could cause this?

Cbc performed-everything normal except low wbc. Blood smear- normal. Told to come bck in 2mths & redraw. Should i be worried? Wht could cause this?

Probably normal: If you are not at risk for hiv, then you may represent the low end of the bell curve that makes up the "normal" range for wbc. Some people have immune function issues with chronically low counts, others just "rest at low idle" and still ramp up when fighting an infection. See what follow up test shows. ...Read more

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My daughter has a swollen gorin lymph node and a swollen ankle. Dr. Has done a blood smear/cbc/ultrasound and x-ray. All came back good. Still worried?

My daughter has a swollen gorin lymph node and a swollen ankle. Dr. Has done a blood smear/cbc/ultrasound and x-ray. All came back good. Still worried?

It happens: Both may reflect a bug bite on the affected ankle that has sent bite debris up the leg to the lymph node for cleansing.It could also be an early infection, but that would be reflected in the degree of symptoms & labwork.As long as you & the doc monitor the situation you are doing all you need at this point. ...Read more

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Could a cut on my foot raise my platelets? Count of 700, wbc 13, no other symptoms. Found on routine cbc. Blood smear clean.

Could a cut on my foot raise my platelets? Count of 700, wbc 13, no other symptoms. Found on routine cbc. Blood smear clean.

Not the cut: Follow it. If you are iron deficient, find the cause and get treated. You may have a check to see if a particular mutation is driving it. This is serious but probably not catastrophic. ...Read more

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Night sweats with no other symptoms at all, normal CBC,ESR,peripheral blood smear. Lymph nodes under 5mm in short axis in neck. Any Ideas?

Night sweats with no other symptoms at all, normal CBC,ESR,peripheral blood smear. Lymph nodes under 5mm in short axis in neck. Any Ideas?

Night sweats: Two things to consider since all labs are normal: 1: Shower before going to bed. 2: Go to bed with lightweight PJs. If you have been doing something like this for a while without change, a consult to a "Sleep" study would be in order ...Read more

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I have muscle pain and fatigue imade CBC befor 2 month and blood smear both are normal but now my wbc=15.9 what this mean and can be dangerous thing?

I have muscle pain and fatigue imade CBC befor 2 month and blood smear both are normal but now my wbc=15.9 what this mean and can be dangerous thing?

May be: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your white cell count is elevated. It is usually due to some infection. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Feel small &hard nodes in groin low grade pain.lymph nodes in neck under 5mm in short axis.normal cbc,esr,blood smear,no symptoms except night sweats.

Feel small &hard nodes in groin low grade pain.lymph nodes in neck under 5mm in short axis.normal cbc,esr,blood smear,no symptoms except night sweats.

Symptoms: No symptoms is fine except for night sweats You need to find out why. Far more important is a visit to your doctor about your nodes. Do not put it off. may be nothing to worry about but it could also require further evaluation. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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31 m - dads brother died of lukemia at 21. Chance I have it? Been sick these past 6 months did CBC blood smear and all kinds of tests normal. Ruled out stomach and lung. having constant chest pain breathing and headaches for 5 months. Test do I need?

31 m - dads brother died of lukemia at 21. Chance I have it? Been sick these past 6 months did CBC blood smear and all kinds of tests normal. Ruled out stomach and lung. having constant chest pain breathing and headaches for 5 months. Test do I need?

Heme Onc: Sorry you are under so much stress. Depending on the type of leukemia and lymphoma there is not usually an inherited component but some risk factors can be inherited. I recommend a Hematology Consult for a careful physical exam and some imaging. Good luck to you. Read:https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html ...Read more

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When my physician provided a diagnostic code of icd-786.6, did he actually "feel" a swelling, lump, or mass in my chest? I complained to my physician of chronic chest pain. He palpated the area of concern and ordered a CT and blood work (cbc and esr). On

When my physician provided a diagnostic code of icd-786.6, did he actually "feel" a swelling, lump, or mass in my chest? I complained to my physician of chronic chest pain. He palpated the area of concern and ordered a CT and blood work (cbc and esr).  On

Hello. : Hello. Because this code is very general & can cover a lot of different findings, i don't know which one your phsyician had in mind. Code: 786.6 description: symptoms involving respiratory system and other chest symptoms: swelling, mass, or lump in chest. Excludes: lump in breast (611.72) some of these findings may be made through visual examination; or they could be palpated. ...Read more

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What does yeast in a blood smear looks like?

Depends on the yeast: Yeast are smaller than the normal cells found in a blood sample (like white or red blood cells). They can either be rounded in shape, look like long interconnected rods. To help visualize them on a blood smear under the microscope, sometimes special stains are used to help them become more visible. ...Read more

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What is no blast seen means in peripheral blood smear?

What is no blast seen means in peripheral blood smear?

It's a good thing!: Blasts are immature blood cells. They normally grow and mature in the marrow and then the more adult cells are extruded into the blood stream to perform their function. So, not seeing them in the blood film is a good sign we look for when evaluating someone with a blood disorder. ...Read more

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My peripheral blood smear stated "no abnormal blasts seen." Does that mean there were no blasts seen or only normal blasts were seen?

 My peripheral blood smear stated "no abnormal blasts seen." Does that mean there were no blasts seen or only normal blasts were seen?

No blasts.: Blasts in the peripheral blood are not normal by definition. So if no abnormal blasts were seen, that means there were no blasts in the peripheral blood. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: blood smear?

What is the definition or description of: blood smear?

Microscopic Analysis: A drop of blood is place on a microscope slide and smeared across the slide and reviewed under a microscope. Sometimes the slide will be stained to further reveal special features of the blood. Simple huh? ...Read more

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What does it mean to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

What does it mean to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

Ovalocytes: Red cells varying in shape from elongated to oval, and rich in hemoglobin, are called elliptocytes/ovalocytes. They can be seen in hereditary disordrs, such as hereditary elliptocytosis, or in acquired disorders, such as iron deficiency anemia, thalassemia and in newborn babies. ...Read more

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I want to know would they do a blood smear for leukemia?

I want to know would they do a blood smear for leukemia?

Maybe: A bone marrow aspirate and biopsy is required to make the diagnosis of leukemia, but often one will look at a periferal smear too, as this can be done quickly, and the marrow pathology will take several days. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

No: Your doctor can order this test and specify what he/she is looking for or suspicious of certain illness. The pathologist is usually the one who reviews the test and provide answers to your doc! ...Read more

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Does anyone know what it means to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

Does anyone know what it means to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

Usually Harmless: Ovalocytes by themselves are harmless. In a hereditary condition ovalocytes may constitue about 25% of red blood cells. Lesser numbers of circulating ovalocytes may be present in various anemias including megaloblastic, sideroblastic, iron deficiency, and in thalassemias. ...Read more

Blood Smear (Definition)

A drop of blood is place on a microscope slide and smeared across the slide and reviewed under a microscope. Sometimes the slide will be stained to further reveal special features of ...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