- mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
- mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)
- mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)
- red cell distribution width (RDW)
- percentage and absolute differential counts
- platelet count (RBC)
- red cell count
- white blood cell count (WBC)
Complete Blood Count
Used for detecting a wide range of disorders like infections, anemia and leukemia and to evaluate your overall health, a complete blood count (CBC) test measures several aspects of your blood, including RBC (red blood cells), WBC (white blood cells), Hemoglobin, Hematocrit and Platelets. Underlying medical conditions that may require further investigations can be indicated by an abnormal increase or decrease in the cell counts.
A CBC is asked for by your physician for a number of reasons. These include doing the test as part of your routine medical examination to monitor your overall health; in order to diagnose a medical condition in case you are experiencing weakness, fever, inflammation, fatigue or infections; to monitor your medical condition in case you are diagnosed with a blood disorder and to monitor your health if you are under medications that may affect your blood cell count.