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Blood Tests 1

Common Hematology Tests

QuestionAnswer
Bone Marrow Detects abnormal blood cells and evaluates blood cell formation and function
Cerebrospinal (CSF) and other Body Fluids Presence or absence, number and type of cells; hematocrit on fluid indirectly measures fluid volume
Eosinophil Count Increased numbers in direct count indicate parasitic infections and allergies
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) Increased rate at which RBCs settle out is indicative of inflammatory conditions or necrosis of tissue
Lupus Erythematosus (LE prep) Presence of typical LE cells is diagnostic of systemic LE
Osmotic Fragility Increased red cell fragility is indicative of hemolytic and autoimmune anemias, decreased fragility is indicative if sickle cell and thalassemia
Reticulocyte Count (retic count) Increased number of retics in circulating blood attest to bone marrow hyperactivity
Sickel Cell Sickling of red cells indicates presence of abnormal hemoglobin variant, Hgb S
Created by: kmaresco