FULL BLOOD COUNT
The blood consists of three main components; the red blood cells, the white blood cells and the platelets. The platelets are suspended in a fluid known as the plasma. These blood components have their different functions in the body, and the availability or reduced availability in the body might be detrimental, which is why we carry out the full blood count from time to time.
At the Blood London Clinic, we carry out over a thousand blood tests and full blood count is not an exception.
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Functions Of The Main Components
The white blood cells, like soldiers, protect the body against harmful substances that find their way into the body.
The red blood cells carry the haemoglobin. The haemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen to the tissues of the body
Platelets are responsible for a blood clot. When there are broken points on the body, the platelets cover the broken points and heal the damaged blood vessels.
Full Blood Count
A full blood count is used to check for disorders in the blood. It could be anaemia, leukaemia, sickle cell or any other blood disease. Aside from diagnosing medical conditions, full blood count is useful for other purposes.
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Uses Of Full Blood Count
A full blood count is carried out for several reasons, which include the following:
When you notice symptoms like fever, fatigue, inflammation, weakness or tiredness, or even bleeding, different options come to mind. A complete blood count will confirm what the problem is, by evaluating the signs and determining the cause.
If you have been diagnosed with a blood disorder, through blood count probably, the same blood count is useful for improvements and reactions to medications.
Blood count can be used to monitor your health status based on the medications you need to take.
A full blood count is used for general routine examinations, like checking the health status of a patient and looking out for signs of diseases like leukaemia or anaemia.
What Happens During A Full Blood Count?
Full blood count requires screening the various components of the blood for possible signs of disease. These components are;
Red blood cell count
The number of red blood cells in the blood has a specified range. During full blood count, the actual number observed is taken down and evaluated. Increase in expected number or decrease in the exact amount of red blood cells indicates abnormal medical conditions.
White Blood Cell Count
This is the actual counting of the white blood cells per volume of blood. Increase or decrease in the expected outcome of white blood cells indicates a medical problem.
The actual number of platelets in the volume of blood is determined using a full blood count. Anything above or below the appropriate number can indicate problems like bleeding or disorders of the bone marrow.
Differential White Blood Cell
There are about five different types of white blood cells. During a full blood count, the different types of white blood cells are taken into consideration. These are the different types of white blood cells – lymphocytes, basophils, monocytes, neutrophils and eosinophils.
Red Blood Cell Distribution Width
This is the calculation of the variations in the size of red blood cells
This is a measurement of the number of proteins that carry oxygen in the blood.
Preparing For A Full Blood Count
If you are only getting a blood count, then there is no need to fast before the test. However, if additional tests are to be carried out, you might have to fast for a specified period before the test.
Our medical experts will let you know if you should fast or not.
Collecting Samples For The Test
A needle is inserted in the vein of the arm to collect the blood sample. It can also be by finger pricking. At Blood London, we take great care in doing a full blood count for our clients.
Possible Indications From A Full Blood Count Result
The sole aim of having a full blood count is to search for problems. Nonetheless, it is not expected and can be sad when there is a flaw in the results because it indicates an underlying problem. Outlined below are some examples
Red Blood Cell Count
Haemoglobin, Hematocrit and the red blood cell count all make up the red blood cell. A decrease in the normal rate in each of these areas indicate anaemia
An increase in red blood cell count, higher than usual indicates a Polycythemia vera or heart disease
White Blood Cell Count
A lower than normal white blood cell count is a possible indication of an autoimmune disease, cancer or bone marrow problems. All these lead to a drop in the white blood cells count.
On the other hand, a higher than normal white blood cell count indicates infection, inflammation, bone marrow disease or immune system disorder. It could also be a result of a reaction to a medication
An out of place platelets count, whether higher or lower can be a side effect of medication. Also, it can be a sign of an underlying medical disorder.
You will have to undergo additional tests to verify and confirm the actual problem if your full blood count result is high or low.
Having a full blood count prepares you for any medical problems you might have. It clears out any suspicions you might have concerning symptoms you may have been experiencing. Call us today at Blood London on 02071830244 or send us an email for any advice you might need on full blood count. You can also book an appointment
Blood London have been providing Full Blood Count on a self-referral basis to patients in Central and Greater London for over 20 years. Simply walk-in weekdays between 9am and 9pm or on weekends between 10am and 2pm, to have your blood taken by a highly experienced professional in our private, Harley Street clinic using some of the best labs in europe.
All blood testing results are reviewed by our internal doctor for any abnormalities, and we offer a full range of follow up services including medical consultations, prescriptions and further testing. Call today.
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As soon as the results are ready, the will be sent to you by your chosen method