Red Blood Cell Count (RBC Count)

Definition - What does Red Blood Cell Count (RBC Count) mean?

A Red Blood Cell Count (RBC Count) is a blood test used to determine how many red blood cells are present in the blood in order to assist with diagnosing,or keeping under observation, health issues that affect red blood cells. The test is typically included in a complete blood cell count (CBC) test when ordered by a health care professional during a routine health check or when a red blood cell related illness is suspected. A red blood cell count may also be called an Erthrocye Count.

WorkplaceTesting explains Red Blood Cell Count (RBC Count)

Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and released into the bloodstream where they circulate and transport oxygen to the tissues of the body. A red blood cell count is a primary diagnostic tool for many otherwise invisible conditions. A low red blood cell count indicates that there is either a problem with the production of the red blood cells or the cells are not reaching their 120 day life expectancy. Patients with vertigo, pale complexion or feelings of weakness and tiredness may be required to undergo a red blood cell count. Some of the potential health issues related to a low red blood cell count are leukemia, anemia, and bone marrow cancer. High red blood cell count results can signal bone marrow disease, polycythemia, congenital heart disease, and kidney tumors.

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