Blood Smear

This is a test to examine your blood and can provide information regarding diseases that affect red and white blood cells. It can also be used to diagnose other diseases such as sickle cell disease. When special stains are used, it can also be used to determine leukemia, infection, parasitic diseases, and several other blood disorders.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation is necessary. Testing can be done on a venous sample drawn with a needle or on a finger stick.

NORMAL FINDINGS

  • Normal quantity of red and white blood cells (RBCs, WBCs) and platelets.

  • Normal size, shape, and color of RBCs.

  • Normal WBC differential count.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your caregiver after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.