1. What is it?
It is also referred to as complete blood count (CBC), full blood count (FBC)
It is a group of tests performed on a sample of blood mainly the three components of the blood; Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and Platelets.
2. Why is it done?
By it being a broad screening panel it checks for the presence of a wide range diseases and infections in the body.
3. Which diseases can be detected by this test?
They include but not limited to;
- Anemia (low hemoglobin)
- Autoimmune disorders.
- Bone marrow problems.
- Heart disease.
4. How do you prepare for the test?
No prior preparation is needed; you can eat and drink normally before the test but if the blood sample will be used for additional tests, you may need to fast for a certain amount of time before the test. Specific instructions are given at the hospital.