Felis ISSN 2398-2950 Hematology: complete blood count (CBC) Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman, Karen L Gerber Overview Sampling Tests Result Data Overview Study of blood cells. Red cells via: Packed cell volume (PCV) Hematology: packed cell volume or hematocrit. Red blood cell (RBC) count Hematology: red blood cell count. RBC indices MCV Hematology: mean corpuscular volume, MCH Hematology: mean corpuscular hemoglobin, MCHC Hematology: mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. Reticulocyte count. Hemoglobin (Hb) concentration Hematology: hemoglobin concentration. Erythrocyte morphology. White cells via: Leucocyte (WBC) count Hematology: leucocyte (WBC) and morphology. Differential WBC Hematology: differential leucocyte count. Platelets via: Platelet count and morphology. Stained blood smear Hematology: complete blood count (CBC). Automated and/or manual methods. Sampling This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Tests Availability Widely available at commercial laboratories. Blood smears can be examined in practice. Some in-hospital analyzers or cell counting methods now available. ValiditySensitivity Generally moderate to low unless blood parasites are recognized. Specificity Generally moderate to low unless blood parasites are recognized. Result Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed papers Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed. Other sources of information Cowell R L, Tyler R D & Meinkoth J H (1999) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 2nd edn. St. Louis: Mosby. Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffey E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine. Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa: Iowa University Press. Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Haematology. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.