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About Our Anemia Panel - Comprehensive

Note: Fasting is not required for this test.

When the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin, a condition called anemia develops. Hemoglobin is a component of blood that binds to oxygen. With too low red blood cells and/or hemoglobin, your body's cells do not get enough oxygen.

This test panel is used to detect and identify a wide range of blood disorders.

There are more than 400 types of anemia, all of which are classified into the following three categories:

  • Anemia caused by blood loss
  • Anemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production
  • Anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells

Our Comprehensive Anemia Panel includes:

  • Hematocrit - The amount of red blood cells in the blood.
  • Hemoglobin - A protein that transports oxygen or carbon dioxide in the blood.
  • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) - Measures the average volume of red blood cells in the blood.
  • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) - The amount of hemoglobin per red blood cell.
  • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) - The amount of hemoglobin concentrated in a given volume of red blood cells.
  • Red cell distribution width (RDW) - Measures the difference of red blood cell size or volume in blood sample.
  • Percentage and absolute differential counts - Measures the amounts of different white blood cell types within the blood.
  • Platelet count (RBC) - Measures the amount of platelets (fragments and particles of cells) in the blood that are crucial for blood clotting.
  • White blood cell count (WBC) - Measures the amounts of different white blood cell types within the blood.
  • Iron - The iron blood test measures the amount of iron in the blood. Iron is a mineral that is needed by your body for the production of hemoglobin, energy, and maintaining proper muscle and organ function.
  • Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) - Is used to differentiate between anemia types and gives more iron statistics than the Iron test alone.
  • Ferritin - Ferritin is present in small concentrations that correlate with total-body iron stores, making its measurement valuable for the assessment of disorders relating to iron metabolism.
  • Folic acid (Folates) - This test measures levels of folic acid (folate). Folic acid is a B vitamin that plays an important role in DNA synthesis and producing red blood cells. Folic acid is absorbed through the small intestine and stored in the liver and must be ingested through diet since it cannot be made by the body itself.
  • Vitamin B12 - This test measures levels of vitamin B12, also known as Cobalamin. B12 plays an important role in the normal functioning of the central nervous system, metabolism, and the formation of red blood cells. Deficiencies may occur in individuals with digestive disorders like celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.
Medically Reviewed by: 2019-05-16

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