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A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that gives important information about blood cells, especially red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
A CBC may be done as part of a regular physical examination. There are many other reasons that a doctor may want this blood test, including to:
Your child does not need to do anything before having this test.
The health professional taking a sample of your child's blood will:
If this blood test is done on a baby, a heel stick may be done instead of a blood draw from a vein.
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Current as of: June 25, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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