HEMATOCRIT TEST DEFINITIONThis test checks for the proportion of a person’s blood that is comprised of red blood cells.
HEMATOCRIT TEST PURPOSEThis test is often done as part of complete “blood work.” It can reveal abnormalities in a person’s red blood cell count, but other tests and evaluations are often done to determine what is causing the abnormalities, if any.
HEMATOCRIT TEST RISKSThe procedure is quite straightforward and non-invasive, so “risks” are chiefly connected with misdiagnosis, or lack of sterility in the needles.
HEMATOCRIT TEST PREPARATION REQUIREDThe test requires little preparation, unless one counts the gathering of knowledge about the patient and his her health/medical history.
HEMATOCRIT TEST PROCEDUREA blood sample is gathered from the patient, often in conjunction with other blood tests, such as a white blood cell and platelet count. The results are then interpreted, and the doctor may order further tests in order to understand the root of the abnormalities. Conversely, it is also possible that the ailment is known, and the sampling is only used to determine the severity of the ailment, such as anemia.
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HEMATOCRIT TEST COMPLICATIONSOnce again, this is a very straightforward procedure. It is often more complicated to understand the patient’s history, so as to account for factors that might influence the results. For example, a blood transfusion or pregnancy may affect the results.
HEMATOCRIT TEST SIDE EFFECTSUnless a large amount of blood is drawn and/or the patient is already bleeding severely, there should be no significant side effects.
HEMATOCRIT TEST RESULTSThe doctor looks for proportions of red blood cells in whole blood that may be too low or too high (normal range is about 37-49% by volume). Depending on the context, this may either lead to more tests or may clarify the results of previous evaluations.