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What does a left shift mean on a CBC blood test?

What does a left shift mean on a CBC blood test?

Usually infection: Left shift means slightly pre-mature leukocytes in circulation which is usually due to infection. ...Read more

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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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I made a CBC blood test and my eos% is 6% and normal ranges is from 0.5 - 5.0 % what is that mean is that a sign of a serious disease?

I made a CBC blood  test and my eos% is 6% and normal ranges is from 0.5 - 5.0 % what is that mean is that a sign of a serious disease?

No it's fine.: There is a lot of variability in ranges from lab to lab and blood draw to blood draw. I would call that normal. If we drew your blood again, chances are it would be in the range. Nothing to worry about. You see bumps in eos (short for eosinophils) in allergies, eczema and if you are certain medications. All good. ...Read more

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I had a blood test done called cbc and my platlets were high 499 and it said stable, what does this mean?

I had a blood test done called cbc and my platlets were high 499 and it said stable, what does this mean?

Need more info: 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, it would have helped to have all the results. High platelet count is often associated with iron deficiency. Please discuss the results with your doctor as the high count may predispose you to blood clots. ...Read more

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I had a blood test CBC 449 high platlets and stable, and have been feeling dizzy for 4 days, what does this mean?

I had a blood test CBC 449 high platlets and stable, and have been feeling dizzy for 4 days, what does this mean?

Need more info: 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, high platelet count may be due to iron deficiency. You should discuss all of your blood test results with the doctor who ordered the test. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Why do I have to have another blood test regarding cbc? What does this mean? I received a phone call from my doctor regarding my blood results. He wants me to have another test done, but he didn't explain why. Does this have anything to do with the blo

Why do I have to have another blood test regarding cbc?  What does this mean? I received a phone call from my doctor regarding my blood results.  He wants me to have another test done, but he didn't explain why.  Does this have anything to do with the blo

CBC : CBC is a hematology profile blood test that measures red blood cell concentration (hematocrit), white blood cell count and platelet count. It also provides information about the size and shape of red blood cells. This is a routine laboratory test. The most likely reason to repeat the test includes an inadequate specimen (i.e. Not enough blood was obtained in the tube, or a laboratory mishap) or an abnormal result was identified and the physician wants to repeat the test to verify the result. The physician may also ask that the new blood CBC sample include a microscopic exam by a pathologist or technologist in order to visually examine the blood to look for abnormal appearing blood cells or other findings. ...Read more

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Nurse called for blood test results (CBC,tsh,b12) but I wasn't home.she told my mom it could wait for my appointment in 2 weeks.That means not urgent?

Nurse called for blood test results (CBC,tsh,b12) but I wasn't home.she told my mom it could wait for my appointment in 2 weeks.That means not urgent?

Sounds like it: In the grand scheme of things, 2 weeks means not urgent. Of course, if one has any worrisome concerns or questions, one should contact her doctor sooner. ...Read more

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Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Yes, most times: A leukemia typically begins in the bone marrow and will often show effects on the CBC as the cancer cells spill over into the circulating blood. On rare occasions leukemia may be still limited in the bone marrow, so we make a diagnosis by taking a bone marrow sample. ...Read more

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Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Sometimes: Sometimes but not always. Leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, is frequently detectable in the blood; however, especially if early in the course of the disease, leukemic cells may be confined to the bone marrow and not cross into the blood in sufficient numbers to be detected by a cbc. Ultimately, the complete diagnosis and prognosis of leukemia relies on bone marrow examination. ...Read more

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How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

Cbc: Yes, there are some abnormal features that you can see in CBC ( and peripheral blood smears) that would increase your suspicion towards certain blood cancer-for instance- circulating blast cells ( immature white blood cells) in acute leukemia, and other features that you can see in chronic leukemia- i.e. Cml, cll. You can not see any sign of solid cancer from cbc, however, . ...Read more

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Cbc (Definition)

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