Complete blood cell counts, commonly referred to as CBC, is a routine blood test that Vancouver, British Columbia physician, Dr. Ali Ghahary, will send patients for in order to review their overall health as well as determine any potential underlying medical conditions or monitor any pre-existing ones.
A CBC will measure many different components of your blood, including the red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and the platelets. If these numbers are shown to have an abnormal increase or decrease, the patient will then require further medical evaluation by their physician.
When a patient has a low white blood cell count, the reasons may vary. It can be due to something as simple as vitamin deficiencies – which can often be easily treated by taking supplements/making dietary changes – or more severe causes such as an autoimmune disorder, severe infection, sarcoidosis, and cancer or other diseases that cause damage to bone marrow. Chemo and/or radiation therapy, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis can also impact your blood count. Having a low red blood cell count is a strong indicator that the patient may be anemic. You can find more information on anemia from Dr. Ali Ghahary by clicking here.
Depending on the cause of the low blood cell count and the symptoms that are presented, Dr. Ali Ghahary may choose to refer patients to a specialist such as a rheumatologist or oncologist.
In cases where the cause of the low blood cell count is unknown or not easily determined, Dr. Ali Ghahary will refer patients to a haematologist. A haematologist is a type of medical specialist who studies the science of blood as well as certain diseases and malignancies of the blood, such as different forms of lymphoma, leukemia, hemophilia and sickle-cell anemia.