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15 Jan 2004

Full Blood Count
When the labs do a "full blood count", what exactly does that mean. What do they look for, and what "abnormalities" can they pick up in this test?
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01 Jan 0001

A full blood count means that one looks at the 3 cell types present in blood - red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The test looks at the values (normal, increased or decreased) of these cells as well as the morphology (in other words do they look normal or abnormal). The abnormalities include specific and non specific changes as well as cancer of the blood. The test must be interpreted in conjunction with clinical findings.
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