4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FULL HAEMOGRAM (FHG) BLOOD TEST

April 28, 2020 by Imara Mediplus2
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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.
  • Cancer.
  • Dehydration.
  • Heart disease.
  • Infection.
  • Inflammation.

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.


2 comments

  • Martin Nyaga

    May 13, 2020 at 9:46 am

    How do you detect heart diseases on a hemogram?

    Reply

    • Imara Mediplus

      May 13, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Martin,
      FHG may not be very specific and thus useful in detecting heart diseases. You may need other tests like ECG or ECHO.

      Reply

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