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Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Classically, the complete blood count (CBC) included hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cell (RBC) count, white blood cell (WBC) count, RBC indices, platelet count, and red cell distribution width (RDW).Today, automated cell counters can determine 32 different hematological parameters. These analyzers also incorporate a method for flagging white blood cell (WBC), red blood cell (RBC) and platelet abnormalities. The flagged abnormalities will prompt a manual peripheral smear review and differential by a clinical laboratory scientist to verify the abnormality flagged as well as allow identification of additional morphological abnormalities.Examples include:

WBC Abnormalities

  • Abnormal lymphocytes/lymphoblasts
  • Atypical lymphocytes
  • Basophilia
  • Blasts
  • Eosinophilia
  • Immature granulocytes
  • Left shift
  • Leukocytopenia
  • Leukocytosis
  • Lymphopenia
  • Monocytosis
  • Neutropenia<

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