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July 11, 2010 Maam Banluta

A complete blood count (CBC), also known as full blood count (FBC) or full blood exam (FBE) or blood panel, is a test panel requested by a doctor or other medical professional that gives information about the cells in a patient's blood. A scientist or lab technician performs the requested testing and provides the requesting medical professional with the results of the CBC. Alexander Vastem is widely regarded as being the first person to use the complete blood count for clinical purposes. Reference ranges used today stem from his clinical trials in the early 1960s. The cells that circulate in the bloodstream are generally divided into three types: white blood cells (leukocytes), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and platelets (thrombocytes). Abnormally high or low counts may indicate the presence of many forms of disease, and hence blood counts are amongst the most commonly performed blood tests in medicine, as they can provide an overview of a patient's general health status. A CBC is routinely performed during annual physical examinations in some jurisdictions.

SamplesA phlebotomist collects the specimen, in this case blood is drawn in a test tube containing an anticoagulant (EDTA, sometimes citrate) to stop it from clotting, and transported to a laboratory. In the past, counting the cells in a patient's blood was performed manually, by viewing a slide prepared with a sample of the patient's blood under a microscope (a blood film, or peripheral smear). Nowadays, this process is generally automated by use of an automated analyzer, with only approximately 30% samples now being examined manually.

Red cells

Total red blood cells - The number of red cells is given as an absolute number per litre. Hemoglobin - The amount of hemoglobin in the blood, expressed in grams per decilitre. (Low hemoglobin is called anemia.) Hematocrit or packed cell volume (PCV) - This is the fraction of whole blood volume that consists of red blood cells. Red blood cell indices o Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) - the average volume of the red cells, measured in femtolitres. Anemia is classified as microcytic or macrocytic based on whether this value is above or below the expected normal range.

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Other conditions that can affect MCV include thalassemia and reticulocytosis. Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) - the average amount of hemoglobin per red blood cell, in picograms. Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) - the average concentration of hemoglobin in the cells.

Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) - a measure of the variation of the RBC

White cells

Total white blood cells - All the white cell types are given as a percentage and as an absolute number per litre.

A complete blood count with differential will also include:

Neutrophil granulocytes - May indicate bacterial infection. May also be raised in acute viral infections.Because of the segmented appearance of the nucleus, neutrophils are sometimes referred to as "segs." The nucleus of less mature neutrophils is not segmented, but has a band or rod-like shape. Less mature neutrophils - those that have recently been released from the bone marrow into the bloodstream - are known as "bands" or "stabs". Stab is a German term for rod.[1] Lymphocytes - Higher with some viral infections such as glandular fever and. Also raised in lymphocytic leukemia CLL. Can be decreased by HIV infection. In adults, lymphocytes are the second most common WBC type after neutrophils. In young children under age 8, lymphocytes are more common than neutrophils.[2]. Monocytes - May be raised in bacterial infection, tuberculosis, malaria, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, monocytic leukemia, chronic ulcerative colitis and regional enteritis [3] Eosinophil granulocytes - Increased in parasitic infections, asthma, or allergic reaction. Basophil granulocytes- May be increased in bone marrow related conditions such as leukemia or lymphoma. [4]

A manual count will also give information about other cells that are not normally present in peripheral blood, but may be released in certain disease processes.


Platelet numbers are given, as well as information about their size and the range of sizes in the blood.

InterpretationCertain disease states are defined by an absolute increase or decrease in the number of a particular type of cell in the bloodstream. For example: Increase erythrocytosis or Red Blood Cells (RBC) polycythemia White Blood Cells leukocytosis (WBC): -- lymphocytes -- lymphocytosis -- granulocytes: -- --neutrophils -- --eosinophils -- --basophils Platelets All cell lines -- granulocytosis -- --neutrophilia -- --eosinophilia -- --basophilia thrombocytosis Type of Cell Decrease anemia or erythroblastopenia leukopenia -- lymphocytopenia -- granulocytopenia or agranulocytosis -- --neutropenia -- --eosinopenia -- --basopenia thrombocytopenia pancytopenia

Many disease states are heralded by changes in the blood count:

leukocytosis can be a sign of infection. thrombocytopenia can result from drug toxicity. pancytopenia is generally as the result of decreased production from the bone marrow, and is a common complication of cancer chemotherapy.

Normal Values: TEST Leukocyte (White Blood Cell) Birth 24 hours 1 month 1-3 years 4-7 years 8-13 years Adult Neutrophils Bands Segs NORMAL VALUES X1000 cells/mm (L) 9.0-30.0 9.4-34.0 5.0-19.5 6.0-17.5 5.5-15.5 4.5-13.5 4.5-11.0 3-5% (total WBC count) 54-62%

Lymphocytes Monocytes Eosinophils Basophils Erythrocytes (Red Blood Cells) Cord 1-3 days 1 week 2 weeks 1 month 2 months 3-6 months 0.5-2 years 2-6 years 6-12 years 12-18 years (male) 12-18 years (female) Hemoglobin 1-3 days 2 months 6-12 years 12-18 years (male) 12-18 (female) Hematocrit 1 day 2 days 3 days 2 months 6-12 years 12-18 years (male) 12-18 years (female) Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) 1-3 days 0.5-2 years 6-12 years

25-33% 3-7% 1-3% 0-0.75%

3.9-5.5 million/mm 4.0-6.6 million/mm 3.9-6.3 million/mm 3.6-6.2 million/mm 3.0-5.4 million/mm 2.7-4.9 million/mm 3.1-4.5 million/mm 3.7-5.3 million/mm 3.9-5.3 million/mm 4.0-5.2 million/mm 4.5-5.3 million/mm 4.1-5.1 million/mm

14.5-22.5 g/dL 9.0-14.0 g/dL 11.5-15.5 g/dL 13.0-16.0 g/dL 12.0-16.0g/dL

48-69% 48-75% 44-72% 28-42% 35-45% 37-49% 36-46%

95-121m 70-86 m 77-95 m

12-18 years (male) 12-18 years (female) Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) Birth 1-3 days 1 week-1 month 2 months 3-6 months 0.5-2 years 2-6 years 6-12 years 12-18 years Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC) Birth 1-3 days 1-2 weeks 1-2 months 3 months-2 years 2-18 years Reticulocyte Count Infants Children 12-18 years (male) 12-18 years (female) Platelet Count Birth-1 week Thereafter ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATE (ESR) TEST Westergren Child Adult (male) Adult (female)

78-98 m 78-102 m

31-37 pg/cell 31-37 pg/cell 28-40 pg/cell 26-34 pg/cell 25-35 pg/cell 23-31 pg/cell 24-30 pg/cell 25-33 pg/cell 25-35 pg/cell

30-36 g Hg/dL RBC 29-37 g Hg/dL RBC 28-38 g Hg/dL RBC 29-37 g Hg/dL RBC 30-36 g Hg/dL RBC 31-37 g Hg/dL RBC

2-5% of RBCs 0.5-4% of RBCs 0.5-1% of RBCs 0.5-2.5% of RBCs

84,000-478,000/mm 150,000-400,000/mm

NORMAL VALUE 0-10 mm/hour 0-15 mm/hour 0-20 mm/hour

Wintrobe Child Adult (male) Adult (female)

0-13 mm/hour 0-9 mm/hour 0-20 mm/hour


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