Complete blood count

21 October 2017

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As complete blood count physicians denote a combination of small blood picture and the so-called differential blood count. The differential blood count examines the subspecies of white blood cells. A complete blood count gives the physician shall include information about possible infections, impaired hematopoiesis or anemia (anemia).

The doctor orders a complete blood count when in addition to the small blood needs more information on the contribution of each white blood cells. These values ​​are not determined a blood count.

A complete blood count determines the concentration of the red and white blood corpuscle including all subspecies. It also determined the concentrations of platelets and the red blood pigment (Hemoglobin, Hb). Finally, a complete blood count, in which ratio of solid and liquid blood components are present shows (so-called hematocrit. Percentage of blood cells in total blood).

A complete blood count provides information on the following values:

g = grams
ul = microliter = 10-6 = 1 millionth liter
dl = deciliter (100 milliliters)

Note: The standard values ​​for the subtypes of white blood cells (granulocytes, etc.) can differ depending on the literature a few percentage points. The (possible) zero values ​​may come about that a single blood sample examined occasionally, for example, contains no basophils.

The values ​​in the large blood count can range from one laboratory to something differently fail, because different devices are used. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a complete blood count shows slightly different values ​​depending on the doctor.


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