Thursday, July 22, 2004

 

What is a CBC test?

A CBC is a complete blood count. It is used to measure your red and white blood cells, platelets, which types of white blood cells you have in which numbers, and the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Results can indicate infection already present, if there is not enough cells to fight off infection, not enough cells or oxygen carrying capacity material to deliver oxygen to the body, or not enough platelets to clot to prevent massive blood losses, in which case the physican will review if surgery is safer now, later, or not at all.

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