A complete blood count (CBC) with erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test is carried out to obtain a complete blood profile and to detect inflammation in any part of the body. The CBC test is used as a clinical guide for the monitoring and diagnosis of various diseases while ESR allows determination of an inflammatory response in the body.
Why get tested?
CBC and ESR Test may be used to:
• Detect a variety of disorders such as anemia, infections, blood cancers etc.
• Detect inflammation in the body which may be caused due to conditions such as cancers, infections or autoimmune diseases
• Monitor the response of an ongoing inflammatory disease treatment
What it measures?
A complete blood count (CBC) with ESR test measures:
• The rate at which RBCs settle at the bottom of the tube in one hour
• The number of red blood cells, white blood cells and blood platelets
• The total amount of hemoglobin in the blood
The test may also provide various values such as -
No preparation is required to perform the test. Patients must inform the doctor if they are taking any medicines before undergoing this test. This communication is required in order to prevent getting the falsified test results.