Full blood count

Keywords: FBC, Full blood picture, Complete blood count, CBC, Full blood examination, FBE, CBE

Specimen:

5 mL blood in EDTA.

2 mL blood in special paediatric EDTA tube.

Method:

Automated analysers provide Haemoglobin, Red cell count, Haematocrit (packed cell volume), Mean cell volume, Mean cell haemoglobin, Mean cell haemoglobin concentration, White cell count (leucocyte count), and Platelet count as Full blood count (FBC).

Some haematology analysers also provide a leucocyte differential count and a number of derived parameters. See also Red cell distribution width and Platelet indices.

A blood film will be examined if indicated from FBC results; see Blood film.

Application:

See individual test entries.

Interpretation:

See individual test entries.