Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Understanding Your LabsUnderstanding Your Labs
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Code of Ethics/CBC
Sep 7, 1998

Dr.Holodniy, Two questions regarding routine CBC testing, First, As a Doctor, What does a CBC tell you, can it be used at all to rule in OR out possible HIV infection? Also, is a doctor, or surgeon for that matter, obligated to tell his/her patient the results of anything abnormal or potentially dangerous from a CBC, i understand this may be difficult to answer, as doctors are human too and can get caught up in many things and could possibly forget.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A CBC measures several things regarding blood counts. First it tells you how much hemoglobin/hematocrit (H/H, ability of your blood to carry oxygen) and red blood cells (RBC which contain the H/H) there are. Next it measures the platelet count. These cells are important in blood clotting. Lastly it measures the white blood cell count(WBC). There are several types of WBC (including lymphocytes which are very important in HIV infection). It CANNOT be used as a test for the diagnosis of HIV infection. Also, T cell counts (a type of lymphocyte), CANNOT be used for the diagnosis of HIV infection. I cannot comment on the legalities of your question. Good medical practice would dictate that physicians discuss a patients's laboratory results (and there interpretation) with the patient. MH



Previous
Just wondering????
Next
Reality

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement