Here at Droplet Health we are passionate about lab! Patients send us their lab results and ask us – what do they mean? Here’s one we received from our community:
Let’s look at this patient “M” – of course, keep results confidential but we’ll share that this patient is a woman in her 30s.
“CPC, Platelet No differential test” is a broad screening test to determine a patient’s general health. Basically, it’s a first look to try and see if the patient has any general health problems.
|Testname||Healthy Range (Women)||Too high? (possible indications)||Too low? (possible indications)||Patient M|
|WBC (White Blood Cell Count)||3.5-10.5 (billion cells/liter)||Infection or inflammation||Leukopenia, can be caused by many factors||5.5 ✅|
|RBC (Red Blood Count)||3.90-5.03 trillion cells/L||Potentially anemia||4.01 ✅|
|Hemoglobin||12.0-15.5 grams/dL||Potentially anemia||12.2 ✅|
|Hematocrit||34.9-44.5%||Potentially anemia||36.8 ✅|
|MCV (mean corpuscular volume)||79-97||Folate deficiency, B12 deficiency, liver disease, hypothyroidism, excessive alcohol consumption, aplastic anemia, myelodyplastic syndrome||Potentially anemia, iron deficiency, thalassemia, sideroblastic anemias||92 ✅|
|MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin)||26.6-33.0||macrocytic anemia, perhaps dietary deficiencies||Iron deficiency, dietary or thyroid issues||30.4 ✅|
|MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration)||31.5-35.7||(this is a quality control measure correlates with MCH and MCV)||(this is a quality control measure correlates with MCH and MCV)||33.2 ✅|
|RDW (measures variation in red blood cell size)||12.3-15.4||Deficiency in iron, folate or B12. Used in conjunction with other values to diagnose anemia.||12.9 ✅|
|Platelets||150-379 (billion/L)||thrombocytosis, many causes including medications||thrombocytopenia, many causes including medications||286 ✅|
Congrats to this patient! No red flags in this lab panel. ✅
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