There are a lot of acronyms used in the medical field. One area where we use abbreviations frequently is with the blood work and laboratory tests we run. In this three part series of blogs, we will look at some of the different abbreviations and acronyms we use so you can speak the lingo with us! This first part of the series will focus on the CBC. CBC stands for complete blood count. It is a test that looks at the numbers, shapes, color, age, and types of red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. Red blood cells or RBCs are used by the body to circulate oxygen, which is carried by hemoglobin. A CBC also looks at hemoglobin amount. Too low of a red blood cell count is called anemia. Blood loss, lack of production, and increased consumption of red blood cells can all lead to an anemia. Blood loss can occur from injuries (cuts, punctures), trauma, bleeding ulcers, nose bleeds, etc. A lack of production is usually indicative of a bone marrow problem, or sometimes it can be seen with severe kidney disease. Increased consumption can occur if there was a past bleeding event, or if there are tumors destroying blood cells, or in auto immune diseases affecting the […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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