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The ABC of CBC
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A complete blood count (CBC) or full blood count (FBC) is a common blood test that evaluates the three major types of cells in the blood - red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It is used to detect or monitor many different health conditions including diagnosing infections or allergies, detecting blood clotting problems or blood disorders, including anemia, and evaluating red blood cell production or destruction. This book is a practical guide for students and trainee pathologists to help with interpretation of CBC to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment of correlating diseases and disorders. Beginning with an introduction to CBC, the following sections describe different measurements and parameters for each of the three types of blood cells. The book includes 30 clinical case studies and numerous full colour images and illustrations. The final chapter discusses quality control. Key points Practical guide to interpretation of complete blood countDiscusses parameters for red blood cells, white blood cells and plateletsPresents 30 clinical case studiesIncludes section on quality controlNearly 180 full colour images and illustrations
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Introduction and significance of CBC Red blood cell RBC count Hemoglobin Reticulocyte Hematocrit-Packed cell volume (PCV) Mean corpuscular volume Mean corpuscular hemoglobin Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) Red cell distribution width (RDW) Red blood cell on peripheral smear RBCs on peripheral smear Hemoparasite White blood cell WBC Count Polymorphs Eosinophils Basophils Monocytes Lymphocytes Platelets Platelet count Platelet disorder Mean platelet volume (MPV) Platelet distribution width (PDW) Plateletcrit (PCT) Immature platelet fraction (IPF) Manual v/sAutomation General principle of histogram generation and interpretation Histograms Scattergram Case studies Quality control

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DP Lokwani MD Founder Vice-Chancellor, Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University, Jabalpur; Former Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, NSCB Medical College, Jabalpur; Former Honorary Dean, Diplomate National Board Courses, Jabalpur Hospital and Research Centre, Madhya Pradesh, India

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