clinical definition of peripheral blood smear
A procedure in which a sample of blood is viewed under a microscope to count different circulating blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc.) and see whether the cells look normal. It evaluates the white blood cells (WBCs, leukocytes), red blood cells (RBCs, erythrocytes) and platelets (thrombocytes). Blood smear is examined to investigate hematological problems (disorders of the blood) and, occasionally, to look for parasites within the blood such as malaria and filaria.
when do you expect results?
24 to 36 Hours
why get tested?
A blood smear reveals information about the number and shape of blood cells in the body. Peripheral blood smear test is ordered as part of a general health exam to help diagnose many illnesses
reason to take peripheral blood smear test
Common signs are:
preparations needed for peripheral blood smear test
No Fasting Required.
Specimen type :Serum(Blood Sample), Specimen collection procedure:Venipuncture
Understanding results ofPeripheral blood smear
|Hemoglobin||See Individual test|
|WBC||See Individual test|
|RBC||See Individual test|
|Differential count||See Individual test|
‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges’