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Hello all! Is there anybody among you who can explain to me what exactly is measured in blood tests and what these measurements show us ie what they mean to doctors. Thank you for your trouble!

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Hello! The following parts of the blood are measured in blood tests: 1. white blood cells count is a count of the actual number of white blood cells per volume of blood. Both increases and decreases can be significant. White blood cells are immune cells form in the bone marrow that help fight infection. 2. White blood cell differential looks at the types of white blood cells present. There are five different types of white blood cells, each with its own function in protecting us from infection. The differential classifies a person's white blood cells into each type: neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. 3. Red blood cell (RBC) count is a count of the actual number of red blood cells per volume of blood. Both increases and decreases can point to abnormal conditions. RBC deliver oxygen throughout the body and make blood look red. 4. Hemoglobin measures the amount of oxygen-carrying protein in the blood. 5. Hematocrit measures the amount of space red blood cells take up in the blood. It is reported as a percentage. 6. The platelet count is the number of platelets in a given volume of blood. Both increases and decreases can point to abnormal conditions of excess bleeding or clotting. 7. Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is a calculation of the amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin inside your RBCs. 8. Red cell distribution width (RDW) is a calculation of the variation in the size of your RBCs. In some anemias, such as pernicious anemia, the amount of variation in RBC size causes an increase in the RDW. Well, this is the info I managed to gather. I hope it will do you some good.
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