Blood and Blood Disease Testing
Blood problems include disorders like anemia or issues with blood clotting as well as some cancers like leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
While all blood tests examine what’s in your blood, some can look for specific problems indicating you have a blood disease. The primary test to achieve this is called a CBC.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
A complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most common blood tests requested for patients, especially those experiencing symptoms of a blood disorder or cancer. (A CBC is also often drawn during a standard physical as a baseline “blood check.”)
A CBC measures:
- red blood cells (RBCs)
- white blood cells (WBCs)
A CBC report will also come with a WBC differential. It measures the different white blood cells in your blood, too.
Your test report will show the normal ranges and percentages and where your levels fall. Based on your report, your doctor will be equipped to explain what your CBC report means and possibly run more tests.
Anemia is a common blood disorder. If you struggle with fatigue or if you suspect you’re anemic, here’s a common panel we can recommend:
- CBC, Complete Blood Count with Differential/Platelet Count
- Ferritin, Serum
- Folic Acid, Folate
- Iron, (Fe) Serum
- TIBC, Total Iron Binding Capacity
- Reticulocyte count
- Vitamin B12
For the development of an effective treatment plan, you should take your test results to a doctor to discuss, or we can fax them for you.