Often, receiving a form with test results from a doctor, it is difficult to understand what is behind the strange designations. Determine what they are talking about - are you or your child healthy, are there any deviations from the norm? Of course, the attending physician can explain the situation, but it would be nice to be able to independently understand these indications.
When you receive your CBC results form, look at the readings under the letters RBC. They indicate the number of red blood cells. One milliliter of blood contains 3.8-5.8 million red blood cells. Fewer numbers indicate anemia.
If your RBC is below normal, look at your hemoglobin count. They are designated by the letters HGB. The norm for the content of hemoglobin in the blood is from 110 to 165 grams per liter. If this figure is lower, then this indicates iron deficiency anemia. In addition, low hemoglobin inhibits blood clotting. An increased level of hemoglobin can be a sign of chronic leukemia.
Now read the next metric - HCT. This is the platelet count. Their norm is 350-500 thousand per milliliter of blood. A lower platelet count leads to decreased blood clotting.
Pay attention to the WBC score. This is what leukocytes are. Their normal content in the blood is 3.5-10 thousand per milliliter. If this indicator is lowered or raised, this indicates that inflammatory processes are taking place in the body.
Look at the index of P / nuclear and C / nuclear leukocytes. Their number should be up to 5% of the total number of mature leukocytes. Exceeding this indicator indicates inflammation.
The LIM indicator denotes lymphocytes, the level of which should not exceed 30% of the number of leukocytes. Higher levels may be a sign of tuberculosis or lymphocytic leukemia.
The number of eosonophils is indicated by the letters EOZ. If this figure is more than 5%, this indicates a tendency to allergies.
The last indicator is ESR. This is a designation for the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. An ESR value above 20 millimeters is a sign of inflammation.