Definition Complete Blood Count is a blood test obtained in the peripheral vein that gives us a numerical value of the white and red cells and platelets, and a picture of what is going on in the bone marrow.
The CBC Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV): the average volume of the red cells hematoctirt (L/L) x 1000 / red cell count (x10 12 /L) normocytic, microcytic, macrocytic Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH): A measure of the hemoglobin concentration per red cell hemoglobin (g/L) / red cell count (x10 12 /L) Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC): The average concentration of hemoglobin per red cell hemoglobin (g/dL) / hematocrit (L/L) Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW): The range of red cell sizes measured within a sample
Case # 1 68y/o male with a cc: anemia and SOB. No melena or hematochezia. PE: unremarkable Hgb 10 hct 31 rbc 3.99 MCV 77.6 retic 2.2% Iron 2.8 (low), feritin 4.22 (low) TIBC 84 (high)
Case # 3 67 y/o male admitted at AHMC because of dizziness. He was ruled out for any cardiac or neurologic diseases. No gastrointestinal bleeding. Weight loss of 5 pounds. PE: normal Labs: Hgb 11.7; LDH 1184; Reticulocyte count 1.4; stool for occult blood negative