General blood consists of several sub-tests that allow evaluation of the various blood cell components. Evaluated data include hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cell count, MCH and MCHC red blood cell count, white blood cell count, white blood cell type and platelet count.
The physiological levels of the various blood components vary between the different age groups, depending on the needs and composition of the body.
General blood is widely used in routine screening tests, pre-operative screening and in the evaluation of acute illness or symptoms of anemia and infections. Sequential measurements of general blood components are often used to monitor the progress of various diseases and to monitor possible side effects resulting from the acute or chronic use of drugs that can cause various blood malformations.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
At Diagnostiki Athinon we answer any questions you may have about the test you perform in our laboratory and we contact your doctor to get the best possible medical care.