Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal. A simple and common blood test used to test for anemia is CBC or the complete blood count. Technically you do not even need a CBC to just test for anemia. A simple Hemoglobin level can detect anemia. But a CBC will give you some more information about the anemia if detected in your blood test. For men, anemia is typically defined as hemoglobin level of less than 13.5 gram/100 ml and in women as hemoglobin of less than 12.0 gram/100 ml.
List of examination in Analysis:
- Vitamin B12
- Bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy
The anemia panel is important because anemia with symptoms is often treatable. To determine the cause of your iron-deficiency anemia, inflammation marker tests may help your doctor determine if inflammation is causing iron-deficiency anemia. Blood tests allow your doctor to look at the amount of other nutrients in your blood, such as vitamin B12 or folic acid.
It typically takes 4 business days or less.
An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.