Importance of Complete/Full Blood Count Test

Full Blood Count Test

What is Complete Blood Count?
A Complete Blood Count ( CBC), Also known as full blood count, is a measure of overall health that detects a wide range of disorders like anemia, infection,leukemia etc.Mostly the test measure the amount of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets in blood.
This test is performed by taking a few millilitres of blood sample directly from patient. The analysis of blood sample is carried out by machines in less than a minute.

A Complete blood count test measure several features and components of blood including :
  1. Hb or Hbg (Hemoglobin): This is the protein in your blood that holds the oxygen.
  2. WBCs (White Blood Cells): They are also called as leukucyctes or leucocytes , are the cells of the immune system.
  3. RBCs (Red Blood Cells): They carry oxygen through your body. They also help in filtering carbon dioxiode.
  4. Hct (Hematocrit): Shows percentage of blood comprises red blood cells
  5. MCV (Mean Corpuscular Volume): This is the average size of your red blood cells.
  6. Platelets: Function of this component is to stop bleeding by clumping and clotting blood vessel.
If the results of the above components are in range they are normal and if not in range then they are abnormal. Every lab has its own special equipment and different ways of analyzing your blood. So the reference range -- what’s considered normal levels -- will depend on the lab that handles your blood tests.

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