Can anyone tell me what regular bloodwork checks for?

I know it can tell you your red, white and platlets levels; I need to know what other things it checks?
Answers:    Not sure what is meant by "regular" but routine labs will include both a chem panel and a CBC. The chem panel is blood chemistry. It goes by another name, metabolic panel, and can inlcude as few as 7 chemistries and as many as 20. Usually it's a chem 7 (comparable to a basic metabolic which actually includes 8) that is ordered. The CBC is the complete blood cell count and now always includes a differential. The differential gives the percentages of the total number of blood cells examined. There are several types of cells that make up the blood in addition to the plasma component of blood. Red cell (erythrocytes) and several different types of white cells (leukocytes), plus the platelets (thrombocytes) which aren't cells at all but are fragments.

CBC: Reveals specifically which white cells are increased or decreased. Certain infections (viral and bacterial), diseases and conditions are associated with increased or decreased levels of specific white cells. A chronically high number of red cells is associated with polycythemia vera (for example). An abnormally high or low level of platelets can be associated with clotting disorders.

Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP): This reveals blood chemistry. A BMP includes serum glucose, calcium, sodium, potassium, CO2, chloride, BUN and creatinine. The CMP looks for 14 elements that include all those of a BMP and albumin, total protein, ALP (liver function), ALT (liver function and also called an SGPT), AST (cardiac disease and liver function and used to be called SGOT)and bilirubin.

Imbalances (increased or decreased normal levels) in blood chemistry indicate or suggest abnormal condtitions which may be due to nutritional deficiency, too much intake (overuse of salt, for example) or to disease.

These two blood tests, the chem panel and the CBC, tell us what's going on inside your body and how you're affected by it. We rely heavily on them.
to see how well your body is functioning.

sissybom and tweety.they do not routinely check for hepatitis if the alt and ast levels appear normal. most doctors fail to realize or know that with the cases of hepatitis c infection, not always is a liver panel test a true picture of whats going on. hcv can cause elevated enzymes, but not always.a person should always ask to be tested for hcv because the truth is, everyone has one risk factor for the disease. you may find that heavily relying on these tests for liver function are not always a great one to rely on-this happens daily to many hcv infected folks and until the doctors realize that the alt and ast functions aren't always elevated, many folks walk around longer with hcv and it's damaging bi-directionals ect. ect. ect..just a thought! I was one who had many bi-directional diseases and symptoms and was told for over ten years i was simply depressed..come to find out, my alt and ast levels were normal but i had active chronic hcv. (age 8 first symptom until age 34 with over 20 symptoms).
all resolved but one-so i am lucky, but that has left me aware of the complexities of hcv infection.

usually they check your liver panels, hepatitis, and pregnant and or for aids..

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