CBC stands for complete blood count, and being able to read a CBC is important in virtually every area of medicine. If you can properly read CBCs, you can identify anemias, stress or infection, congenital blood diseases, nutrient deficiencies, presence of certain diseases.
** Be sure to review blood physiology before reviewing how to read a complete blood count. Or else the numbers will have no context and the results may not make sense. This is simply a starting point for approaching CBCs covering simple definitions and dissecting what the bloodwork will look like.
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Put together by Anne Dang, CCPA. Note from the author: The CBC is actually my blood work that I posted during MF1 hematology. Peripheral blood smear also confirmed the results of beta-thalassemia carrier. This is also mixed with iron deficiency anemia.