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Old 03-25-2011, 07:20 AM   #1
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Where do you find blasts on blood labs?

My daughter has been very ill for several weeks. When a CBC is ordered with differential, I can see the breakdown of Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Eosonophils, etc. But I don't see any information on whether or not "blasts" are present or whether or not there is a "left shift" etc. Do you have to request that a blood lab look for such things? Or is it done automatically and if there is no information one way or the other does that means none are seen? I'm just wondering if there needs to be a specific instruction to look for blasts in a CBC with differential.

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Re: Where do you find blasts on blood labs?

The lab should report if any blasts are present as they are not normal cells to have.

The shifting to the left has to do with the maturity of the neutrophils (they are immature if the body is making tons to respond to infection) That can be told by evaluating the segs and the bands with the neutrophils.

Good luck- If it was leukemia they can tell there is a problem with just a CBC and they would run more tests.

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