Symptoms of anemia may include fatigue and loss of energy, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, unusually high heart rate, insomnia, and shortness of breath.
Used to determine if a patient is anemic, whether there is too much or too little iron in the body, and how the body stores iron.
Test description: Panel includes hemoglobin, ferritin, iron and TIBC. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein found in all red blood cells. Ferritin is a protein in the body that binds to iron. It’s found in the liver, spleen, and skeletal muscles. Serum iron, which is a mineral, is found in the blood. The iron helps make hemoglobin which is a protein in the red blood cells, which helps carry oxygen in the body. Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) is most frequently used along with an iron test to evaluate for iron deficiency or iron overload.
Used to evaluate anemia, leukemia, reaction to inflammation and infections, peripheral blood cellular characteristics, state of hydration and dehydration, polycythemia, inherited disorders of red cells, white cells, platelets, and to manage chemotherapy decisions.
Test Description: A CBC gives an overall view of the general health of a person and can detect disorders in the blood such as anemia, leukemia, and infection. It includes white blood cells (WBC), red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (HGB), hematocrit (HCT), mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), RBC distribution width (RDW), and platelets (PLT).
It is frequently ordered when certain medications have been prescribed that could potentially impact normal values. If an individual is having symptoms such as fatigue or weakness or has an infection, inflammation, bruising, or bleeding, then a CBC can be helpful.