DIFF. LEUCOCYTE COUNT(DLC)
Why to get tested?
To help determine the cause of abnormal results on a white blood cell (WBC) count; to help diagnose and/or monitor an illness affecting your immune system, such as an infection or inflammatory condition, or cancers that affect your white blood cells, such as leukemia
When to get tested?
As part of a complete blood count (CBC), when you have a routine health examination; when results of a CBC fall outside the reference range; when you have any number of signs and symptoms that may be related to a condition affecting white blood cells, such as infection, inflammation, or cancer; when you are receiving treatment that is known to affect WBCs, such as chemotherapy
What sample needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or by a fingerstick (children and adults) or heelstick (infants)
What preparation I need before test?