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Complete Blood Count

Complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that gives information about the number of different types of cells present in the blood and the hemoglobin concentration. It measures components in the blood like red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), hemoglobin, hematocrit, and platelets. It is used to diagnose conditions like anemia, infections, and blood cancer.

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I suspect of having osteoarthritis. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 24-year-old female. My BMI is normal. I am fairly active on my feet all day because of work and I used to walk instead of transport. I was a lot more active when I was younger. I used to dance for roughly 20 hours a week and swim five hours a week. Since I have got older and due to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It does seem like osteoarthritis, but I would suggest ruling out rheumatological diseases as well and check vitamin D and repeat it. For your shoulder I would like to know how much is your range of motion. Thank you.   Read Full »

My daughter was diagnosed with ITP earlier, and her complete blood count is normal, except for the platelets. Does she need a platelet transfusion?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter had a complete blood count, which was normal except for platelet. She is asthmatic and has got a chest infection now, and she is receiving antibiotics. She has her period now. Two days ago, the platelet was 14. When she was a child, the case was confirmed as ITP, but she wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Rule out other causes of thrombocytopenia, like uremia, malaria, and dengue. I suggest you take a peripheral smear examination report and Ig M dengue testing. If no specific cause is found, ITP (idiopathic thromboc...  Read Full »

I have anemia symptoms with beta thalessemia minor. Is it due to lack of iron?

Query: Hello doctor, Thank you for the reply, I have minor beta thalassemia which I inherited from my mother, but unlike her (asymptomatic), I experience anemia symptoms like paleness, shortness of breath after the least effort, feeling tired all the time, broken nails. I would like to know if these sympto...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Yes, your symptoms point towards iron deficiency anemia. In beta thalassemia minor patient usually feels more fatigue on exertion as compared to normal people without thalassemia. However do not worry about thalassemia m...  Read Full »

Maternal serum is reactive for CMV. How to diagnose the same in a 10 weeks old baby?

Query: Hi doctor, I delivered a baby ten weeks ago which weighed 4.4 pounds at birth, and it was a pre-term cesarean delivery. The baby was healthy according to the attending pediatrician at the time of delivery, and the baby was not taken to the NICU. I got a maternal blood report which was taken during t...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can understand your concern. CMV (cytomegalovirus) IgG and IgM suggests that you have cytomegalovirus infection and it can spread to the baby. 90 % of infections are asymptomatic. But...  Read Full »

Why does my baby have swollen lymph nodes after COVID-19?

Query: Hi doctor, My 13-month-old baby has three swollen lymph nodes in the neck which were noticed after he acquired COVID-19 infection. It has been six months since then. I have also attached his CBC reports. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We will pay close attention to your worries and address all your questions with utmost care. I have gone through the CBC (complete blood count) reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the values are within acceptable limits. Please note that...  Read Full »

2 years and 6 months old with abnormal CBC test results. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor, 2 years and 6 months old with abnormal CBC test results (two tests seven weeks apart). First tested because of enlarged lymph node (only one side) in neck. Node has reduced in size to what appears normal. Low MCHC (just barely outside range of 32.0 to 36.0) 31.3. Low NE % of 26.1 Auto ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your CBC report is suggestive of lymphocytosis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The common cause for lymphocytosis is viral infection. The enlarged lymph node could be due to that. Now, your enlarged node return to normal size as per history, so sugg...  Read Full »

Can you diagnose my condition based on my CBC report and chest X-ray?

Query: Hi doctor, I have done these analyses in CBC and I need to know the diagnosis. I have a hemoglobin of 17.3 g/dL, RBC of 6.88 million cells/mcL, hematocrit of 51.6 percent, MCV of 75 fL, MCH of 25.1 pg, RDW-CV of 10.9 percent, RDW-SD of 26 fL, MPV of 12.6 fl, and WBC of 3.5 per microliter of blood. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it is suggestive of polycythemia. The cause of polycythemia can be primary myeloproliferative neoplasm or secondary polycythemia by other causes. To rue out po...  Read Full »

My fiance's blood group and mine are different. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My blood group is AB+, and my fiance's blood group is AB-. Will different blood groups create problems in future, regarding baby's health or other issues?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You and your fiance can marry without any problem. Do not worry about that. The only thing that has to be done is to check the baby's blood group. As your blood group is Rh negative, so if the baby's blood group is Rh positive then it might lead to Rh incompatibility, ...  Read Full »

In my CBC, RBC shows anisopoikilocytosis. What does it indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, This is my CBC report and everything is normal except RBC. In it, RBC shows anisopoikilocytosis predominantly microcytic hypochromic cells along with normocytic hypochromic cells and few targets cells. WBC is within normal limits. Platelets: adequate. (MCV) mean corpuscular volume72.0 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your report is suggestive of microcytic hypochromic anemia. Do not worry about that. It is a treatable condition. With the recovery of hemoglobin level by tablet, your PS (peripheral smear) will be reverted to normal. It is not an alarming condition. But I suggest th...  Read Full »

How to treat diarrhea in a metastatic carcinoma patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is having metastatic carcinoma and went through radiotherapy. Now, she has got severe diarrhea, swelling in face and do not like to eat food. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Satya Narayan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First get clinical examinations done that includes vital parameters of patient such as blood pressure (BP), pulse, respiratory rate, etc. Required blood investigations such as complete blood count, renal function test, liver function test and electrolyte study has to b...  Read Full »

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