Anemia occurs when you have less than the normal number of red blood cells in your blood or when the red blood cells in your blood do not have enough hemoglobin.
The Anemia Panel is a comprehensive panel looks at important parameters of your blood including hemoglobin level, white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
- CBC: also known as a full blood count of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets, the concentration of hemoglobin, and the hematocrit.
- Vitamin B12: The body needs this B vitamin to make blood cells and to maintain a healthy nervous system.
- Iron: This test measures the total capacity of the blood to transport iron, and the amount of stored iron in the body. Testing may also help differentiate various causes of anemia.
- Ferritin: is a blood protein that contains iron. A ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body stores.
- TIBC (total iron-binding capacity): measures the total amount of iron that can be bound by proteins in the blood.
- Folate: test measures the amount of folate in the blood. Folate is one of many B vitamins. The body needs folate for normal growth and to make red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and platelets. Folate also is important for the normal development of a baby (fetus).
- Transferrin: are glycoproteins found in vertebrates which bind to and consequently mediate the transport of Iron through blood plasma.
- Haptoglobulin: is a protein produced by the liver that the body uses to clear free hemoglobin found outside of red blood cells from circulation.
- Rectic Count: A reticulocyte count is a blood test that measures how fast red blood cells called reticulocytes are made by the bone marrow and released into the blood.
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Fast for 12 hours (no food or drink, except water) before sample collection. If you’re taking a supplement containing biotin (also called vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R), commonly found in products promoting nail, skin, and hair health, it is recommended that you wait at least 72 hours from your last dose before sample collection.