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Hematology: red blood cell count

Synonym(s): RBC count, Erythrocyte count

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman

Overview

  • Usually measured in conjunction with other RBC parameters, and used to calculate mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH).

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Hemocytometer counting chamber.
  • Electronic cell counter.

Availability

  • Widely available at commercial laboratories.
  • May be done in practice.

Technician (extrinsic) limitations

  • Manual method has low accuracy (+/- 20%) and low repeatability.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

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. Mosby, St Louis.
  • Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffy E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa University Press, Ames, Iowa.
  • Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Hematology. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia.


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