White blood cell

AsseyMethod: Flow cytometry
Abbrevation: WBC
Sector: Hematology
SampleType: WB-EDTA
S.Vol: -
Transport: 5 hrs.at 20-25˚c,at 2-8˚c
Storage: 12 hours at 20-25˚c , 2 weeks at 2-8˚c
Test Name: white blood cell
Normal Range: -

This test is related to
Why get tested?

If your doctor thinks that you might have an infection, inflammatory illness, immune deficiency, bone marrow disease or allergy and; to monitor treatment

When to get tested?

As part of a full blood count (FBC), which may be requested for a variety of reasons

Sample required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm or from a finger-prick or in babies a heelprick

Test preparation needed?


What is being tested?

The white blood cell (WBC) count indicates the number of white blood cells in a sample of blood. This count provides a clue to the presence of illness. White blood cells are made in the bone marrow and protect the body against infection and aid in the immune response. If an infection develops, white blood cells attack and destroy the micro-organism causing the infection.

How is the sample collected for testing?

The blood sample is obtained by a needle placed in a vein in the arm or from a finger-prick or heel-prick (for newborns).

Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?

No test preparation is needed.