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A count of the total number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets present in blood.
Full blood count
Blood is smeared over a glass slide that is stained with specific dyes and viewed under a microscope.
may also detect blood parasites such as malaria, toxoplasmosis, and microfiliariasis.
Assessment and staining of ...... may also be performed.
immature platelets or megakaryocytes
Iron status and anemias are assessed using tests such as
- serum ferritin
- vitamin B12
- folate levels
may be used for blood typing and blood matching prior to blood transfusion, for example.
Coombs' test AKA
Platelet function in bleeding and coagulation may be checked using a test called
a technique used to determine whether a lesion is vascular, nonvascular or hemorrhagic.
may be performed to check for thrombotic disorders.
may be used to examine proteins in the blood such as hemoglobin and to check for hemoglobinopathies such as thalassemia or sickle cell anemia.
The enzyme ...... may be assessed in sickle cell disease.
lymph nodes and tumors.
for detecting antigens both inside and on the surface of cells.
Assessment of chronic myeloproliferative disorders using
bone marrow and blood examination
to look for chromosomal disorders and abnormalities
- hemophagocytic syndromes
- storage diseases (Gaucher's disease, Niemann-Pick disease and glycogen storage disease)
- spleen biopsy
- erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
- bone marrow
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