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Complete Blood Count

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Also known as: CBC; Hemogram; CBC with Differential
Formal name: Complete Blood Count

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine your general health status; to screen for, diagnose, or monitor any one of a variety of diseases and conditions that affect blood cells, such as anemia, infection, inflammation, bleeding disorder or cancer

When to Get Tested?

As part of a routine medical exam; when you have signs and symptoms that may be related to a condition that affects blood cells; at regular intervals to monitor treatment or when you are receiving treatment known to affect blood cells

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or a fingerstick or heelstick (newborns)

Test Preparation Needed?