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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Do my lab values indicate iron deficiency anemia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 58-year-old man and I had a CBC with differential 10 days ago. I donate blood about every two months. I have been taking daily Metamucil for about three months and testosterone shots. My level is 930. All other tests are quite normal except HDL cholesterol which is low. I stopp...  Read Full »

Dr. Smrita Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From these test results, you appear to have microcytosis and hypochromia of the red blood cells. This is most commonly seen in iron deficiency anemia. I would suggest you take iron and folic acid tablets thrice daily after meals for at least a month. As for the nu...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my decreasing hemoglobin levels?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 31 year old female. My hemoglobin is going down after bone marrow aspiration and biopsy or due to the medicines I am taking. I am taking Wysolone 25 mg daily and Danazol 200 mg twice a day since 12 days.  Read Full »

Dr. Smrita Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the reports (attachment removed to¬†protect patient identity), only the serum ferritin levels are quite elevated along with reduced RBC count and hemoglobin levels. This picture is indicative of ineffective erythropoiesis which can be either due to a chronic inf...  Read Full »

What is the meaning behind my blood values?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the meaning behind having these blood values? MCV 72.9- MCH 25.0- RBC 5.79+ All other values are normal except for globulin 2.15. Can it be an anemia while having normal hemoglobin and normal RBC count (even higher than normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Smrita Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to MCV stands for mean corpuscular volume which is the mean volume of the red blood cells. MCH is mean corpuscular hemoglobin, which is the mean amount of hemoglobin in each red blood cell. From your test results (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it doe...  Read Full »

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