Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Manual Differential
The Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Manual Differential test is a blood test that provides information about the different types of cells in the blood and their relative proportions. The CBC measures various parameters of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, including the number of each type of cell, their size, and the amount of hemoglobin in the red blood cells.
The manual differential component of the test involves examining a sample of the blood under a microscope to manually determine the percentage of each type of white blood cell present. This information can provide important insight into a person's overall health and help diagnose a wide range of medical conditions, including infections(Septicemia), anemias, leukemias, and other blood disorders. The test results, along with other clinical information, can guide further medical evaluation and treatment decisions.
A CBC with manual differential test is similar to a CBC with differential, but it includes an additional step where a laboratory technician manually reviews the blood smear slide to count and identify the different types of white blood cells. The manual review can provide more precise information about the types and numbers of white blood cells present in the sample, which can be helpful in diagnosing certain medical conditions.
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Reviewed and last updated: November 29, 2023
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