Complete Blood Count

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See Also Lab Tests

A Complete Blood Count, also known as CBC, refers to a series of tests that are used to measure the basic status of red and white blood cells.[1], [2]


A CBC includes:

  • Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)
  • Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH)
  • Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
  • Red Blood Cell Distribution Width (RDW)

Patient Preparation

  • No preparation is required.


  1. Pagana Kathleen D, Pagana Timothy J (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, Third Edition, Mosby.
  2. Weatherby Dicken, Ferguson Scott (2002) Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis: Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective, Bear Mountain.