Complete blood count - series
The complete blood count (CBC) is test, used to diagnose and monitor numerous diseases. It can reflect problems with fluid volume (such as dehydration) or loss of blood. It can show abnormalities in the production, life span, and destruction of blood cells. It can reflect acute or chronic infection, allergies, and problems with clotting.
The CBC test identifies and counts the 7 types of cells found in the blood: red blood cell, neutrophil, eosinophil, basophil, lymphocyte, monocyte, and platelet.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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