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The Anemia Health - Basic panel contains 3 tests with 37 biomarkers.

Brief Description: The Anemia Health - Basic panel is a foundational diagnostic tool designed to evaluate the key components necessary for diagnosing anemia and understanding its potential causes. This panel includes a Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets, Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity, and Transferrin tests. These tests provide crucial insights into the quantity and quality of red blood cells, iron availability, and iron transport capabilities within the body.

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Whole Blood and Serum

Test Preparation: Patient should be fasting for at least 12 hours prior to collection. Specimen collection should be done in the morning.

When and Why the Anemia Health - Basic Panel May Be Ordered

Healthcare providers may order the Anemia Health - Basic panel when a patient presents symptoms suggestive of anemia, such as fatigue, weakness, pale skin, or shortness of breath. It is also ordered as part of routine health check-ups or to monitor the health status of individuals with conditions known to affect blood cell production or iron levels.

What the Anemia Health - Basic Panel Checks For

  • Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets: Provides a comprehensive overview of the different types of cells in the blood, including red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and platelets. It helps in identifying anemia and understanding its type and severity.
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity: Measures the level of iron in the blood and the capacity of proteins to bind to iron. These tests can indicate iron deficiency or overload, both of which can lead to anemia.
  • Transferrin: A protein that transports iron in the blood. High levels can indicate iron deficiency, while low levels may suggest iron overload or chronic disease.

Expanding Insights with Advanced Anemia Health Panels

For a more comprehensive evaluation of anemia and its underlying causes, consider upgrading to the Anemia Health - Basic Plus, Advanced, or Comprehensive panels:

  • Anemia Health - Basic Plus panel: Adds C-Reactive Protein and Ferritin tests, providing insights into inflammation and iron storage levels, enhancing the understanding of anemia's cause.
  • Anemia Health - Advanced panel: Further includes Folate Serum, Reticulocyte Count, and Sickle Cell Screen, offering a deeper dive into the body's production of red blood cells and potential genetic causes of anemia.
  • Anemia Health - Comprehensive panel: The most extensive panel, adding Erythropoietin, Fecal Globin by Immunochemistry, Homocysteine, and Vitamin B12 tests, providing the broadest spectrum of diagnostics for anemia and related conditions.

Conditions and Diseases Detected by the Anemia Health - Basic Panel

This panel can help detect various forms of anemia and their potential causes:

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia: The most common type of anemia, often indicated by low iron levels, high total iron binding capacity, and low transferrin saturation.
  • Anemia of Chronic Disease: Characterized by normal or increased iron stores with reduced availability for erythropoiesis, potentially indicated by normal or low iron levels and low transferrin.
  • Thalassemia or Sideroblastic Anemia: Suggested by a normal or high iron level with anemia, requiring further specific testing for confirmation.

Using the Anemia Health - Basic Panel Results in Clinical Practice

Healthcare professionals utilize the results from the Anemia Health - Basic panel to:

  • Diagnose Anemia: Determining the presence of anemia through CBC and evaluating its type and severity.
  • Identify Iron Disorders: Assessing iron levels and transport to diagnose iron deficiency or overload.
  • Guide Treatment: Informing treatment strategies such as iron supplementation for deficiency or therapeutic phlebotomy for iron overload.

The Anemia Health - Basic panel serves as an essential tool for the initial screening and diagnosis of anemia, providing valuable insights into the overall health of red blood cells and iron metabolism. By identifying the presence and type of anemia, healthcare providers can tailor treatment plans to address the specific needs of their patients, improving outcomes and quality of life. For those requiring a more detailed analysis, the Basic Plus, Advanced, and Comprehensive panels offer expanded testing options to uncover the underlying causes of anemia and guide more targeted interventions.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Also known as: CBC, CBC includes Differential and Platelets, CBC/PLT w/DIFF, Complete Blood Count (includes Differential and Platelets)

NOTE: Ulta Lab Tests provides CBC test results from Quest Diagnostics as they are reported. Often, different biomarker results are made available at different time intervals. When reporting the results, Ulta Lab Tests denotes those biomarkers not yet reported as 'pending' for every biomarker the test might report. Only biomarkers Quest Diagnostics observes are incorporated and represented in the final CBC test results provided by Ulta Lab Tests.

Absolute Band Neutrophils

Immature forms of neutrophils are called neutrophilic band cells. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that is responsible for much of the body's protection against infection. Neutrophils are produced in the bone marrow and released into the bloodstream to travel to wherever they are needed. Large numbers of immature forms of neutrophils, called neutrophilic band cells, are produced by the bone marrow when the demand is high.

Absolute Basophils

Basophils normally constitute 1% or less of the total white blood cell count but may increase or decrease in certain diseases and are thought to be involved in allergic reactions.

Absolute Blasts

Blasts are immature forms of white blood cells.

Absolute Eosinophils

Eosinophils (eos) respond to infections caused by parasites and play a role in allergic reactions (hypersensitivities)

Absolute Lymphocytes

Lymphocytes are white blood cells that exist in both the blood and the lymphatic system. They are divided into three types. The B lymphocytes (B cells) are antibody-producing cells that are essential for acquired, antigen-specific immune responses. The second type are T lymphocytes (T cells) some T cells help the body distinguish between "self" and "non-self" antigens while others initiate and control the extent of an immune response, boosting it as needed and then slowing it as the condition resolves. Other types of T cells directly attack and neutralize virus-infected or cancerous cells. The third type are natural killer cells (NK cells) that directly attack and kill abnormal cells such as cancer cells or those infected with a virus.

Absolute Metamyelocytes

Metamyelocytes are immature forms of white blood cells.

Absolute Monocytes

Monocytes (mono), similar to neutrophils, move to an area of infection and engulf and destroy bacteria. They are associated more often with chronic rather than acute infections. They are also involved in tissue repair and other functions involving the immune system.

Absolute Myelocytes

Myelocytes are immature forms of white blood cells.

Absolute Neutrophils

Neutrophils (neu) normally make up the largest number of circulating WBCs. They move into an area of damaged or infected tissue, where they engulf and destroy bacteria or sometimes fungi. Young neutrophils, recently released into circulation, are called bands.

Absolute Nucleated Rbc

Nucleated Red Blood Cells (nRBC) ) the presence of NRBCs in the adult blood is usually associated with malignant neoplasms, bone marrow diseases, and other serious disorders.

Absolute Promyelocytes

Promyelocytes are immature forms of white blood cells.

Band Neutrophils

Immature forms of neutrophils are called neutrophilic band cells. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that is responsible for much of the body's protection against infection. Neutrophils are produced in the bone marrow and released into the bloodstream to travel to wherever they are needed. Large numbers of immature forms of neutrophils, called neutrophilic band cells, are produced by the bone marrow when the demand is high.

Basophils

Basophils normally constitute 1% or less of the total white blood cell count but may increase or decrease in certain diseases and are thought to be involved in allergic reactions.

Blasts

Blasts are immature forms of white blood cells.

Eosinophils

Eosinophils (eos) respond to infections caused by parasites and play a role in allergic reactions (hypersensitivities)

Hematocrit

Hematocrit is a blood test that measures the percentage of the volume of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells. This measurement depends on the number of red blood cells and the size of red blood cells.

Hemoglobin

Serum hemoglobin is a blood test that measures the level of free hemoglobin in the liquid part of the blood (the serum). Free hemoglobin is the hemoglobin outside of the red blood cells. Most of the hemoglobin is found inside the red blood cells, not in the serum.

Lymphocytes

Lymphocytes are white blood cells that exist in both the blood and the lymphatic system. They are divided into three types. The B lymphocytes (B cells) are antibody-producing cells that are essential for acquired, antigen-specific immune responses. The second type are T lymphocytes (T cells) some T cells help the body distinguish between "self" and "non-self" antigens while others initiate and control the extent of an immune response, boosting it as needed and then slowing it as the condition resolves. Other types of T cells directly attack and neutralize virus-infected or cancerous cells. The third type are natural killer cells (NK cells) that directly attack and kill abnormal cells such as cancer cells or those infected with a virus.

MCH

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is a calculation of the average amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin inside a red blood cell.

MCHC

Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) is a calculation of the average percentage of hemoglobin inside a red cell.

MCV

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measurement of the average size of RBCs.

Metamyelocytes

Metamyelocytes are immature forms of white blood cells.

Monocytes

Monocytes (mono), similar to neutrophils, move to an area of infection and engulf and destroy bacteria. They are associated more often with chronic rather than acute infections. They are also involved in tissue repair and other functions involving the immune system.

MPV

Mean Platelet Volume (MPV) - When it indicates average size of platelets are small; older platelets are generally smaller than younger ones and a low MPV may mean that a condition is affecting the production of platelets by the bone marrow. When it indicates a high number of larger, younger platelets in the blood; this may be due to the bone marrow producing and releasing platelets rapidly into circulation.

Myelocytes

Myelocytes are immature forms of white blood cells.

Neutrophils

Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that is responsible for much of the body's protection against infection. Neutrophils are produced in the bone marrow and released into the bloodstream to travel to wherever they are needed.

Nucleated Rbc

Nucleated Red Blood Cells (nRBC) ) the presence of NRBCs in the adult blood is usually associated with malignant neoplasms, bone marrow diseases, and other serious disorders.

Platelet Count

A platelet count is a test to measure how many platelets you have in your blood. Platelets help the blood clot. They are smaller than red or white blood cells.

Promyelocytes

Promyelocytes are immature forms of white blood cells.

RDW

Red cell distribution width (RDW), which may be included in a CBC, is a calculation of the variation in the size of RBCs.

Reactive Lymphocytes

Lymphocytes are white blood cells that exist in both the blood and the lymphatic system. They are divided into three types. The B lymphocytes (B cells) are antibody-producing cells that are essential for acquired, antigen-specific immune responses. The second type are T lymphocytes (T cells) some T cells help the body distinguish between "self" and "non-self" antigens while others initiate and control the extent of an immune response, boosting it as needed and then slowing it as the condition resolves. Other types of T cells directly attack and neutralize virus-infected or cancerous cells. The third type are natural killer cells (NK cells) that directly attack and kill abnormal cells such as cancer cells or those infected with a virus.

Red Blood Cell Count

An RBC count is a blood test that tells how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have. RBCs contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen. How much oxygen your body tissues get depends on how many RBCs you have and how well they work.

White Blood Cell Count

A WBC count is a test to measure the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in the blood. WBCs help fight infections. They are also called leukocytes. There are five major types of white blood cells: basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes (T cells and B cells), monocytes and neutrophils

Also known as: Iron and TIBC, Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity TIBC, TIBC

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Iron Binding Capacity

Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test to see if you may have too much or too little iron in the blood. Iron moves through the blood attached to a protein called transferrin. This test helps your doctor know how well that protein can carry iron in the blood.

Iron, Total

Iron is a mineral that our bodies need for many functions. For example, iron is part of hemoglobin, a protein which carries oxygen from our lungs throughout our bodies. It helps our muscles store and use oxygen. Iron is also part of many other proteins and enzymes. Your body needs the right amount of iron. If you have too little iron, you may develop iron deficiency anemia. Causes of low iron levels include blood loss, poor diet, or an inability to absorb enough iron from foods. People at higher risk of having too little iron are young children and women who are pregnant or have periods.

Transferrin

Transferrin is a direct measure of the iron binding capacity and is useful in assessing iron balance, iron deficiency and overload.
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