Getting the most out of your hemogram data (Proceedings)

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Getting the most out of your hemogram data (Proceedings)

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Aug 01, 2011

Why do a CBC?

• Part of minimum database
• Evaluation of hematopoietic status
• Detection of inflammation/inflammation
• Detection of hematopoietic neoplasia
• Monitor therapy
• Detection/estimation of blood loss

Hemogram parameters one by one

• Total nucleated cell count
• Differential count including nucleated erythrocytes
• PCV/HCT
• RBC
• Hb
• MCV
• MCHC
• RDW
• RBC morphology (see below)
• WBC morphology
• Platelet count

Why review the smear?

• Corroborate automated counts
     o Especially important with instruments which do automated differentials
• Evaluate morphologic abnormalities
• Hemotropic parasites/microfilaria
• Platelet clumps
• Presence of abnormal cells