Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count (CBC) is a test that measures the cells that make up your blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. You should check your CBC as part of your annually check up.
This test includes testing for 10 kinds of cells and cell molecules in the blood:
- • Hematocrit – The amount of red blood cells in the blood.
- • Hemoglobin – A protein that transports oxygen or carbon dioxide in the blood.
- • Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) – Measures the average volume of red blood cells in the blood.
- • Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) – The amount of hemoglobin per red blood cell.
- • Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC) – The amount of hemoglobin concentrated in a given volume of red blood cells.
- • Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW) – Measures the difference of red blood cell size or volume in blood sample.
- • Percentage and Absolute Differential Counts – Measures the amounts of different white blood cell types within the blood.
- • Platelet Count – Measures the amount of platelets (fragments and particles of cells) in the blood that are crucial for blood clotting.
- • Red Blood Cell Count (RBC) – Measures the amounts of red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body.
- • White Blood Cell Count (WBC) – Measures the amount of white blood cells in the blood. White blood cells defend the body against infections and foreign bodies.
A complete blood count test measures several components and features of your blood, including: Red blood cells, which carry oxygen. CBC is a blood test used to evaluate your overall health and detect a wide range of disorders, including anemia, infection and leukemia.
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If your blood sample is being tested only for a complete blood count, you can eat and drink normally before the test. If your blood sample will be used for additional tests, you may need to fast for a certain amount of time before the test.