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How can a complete blood count help diagnose emphysema?

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This simple blood test usually shows normal amounts of white and red blood cells. In advanced emphysema, your body makes more red blood cells to make up for decreased oxygen. These cells carry oxygen.

If your white blood cell count is higher than normal, that’s a sign that you have an infection.

From: How Do Doctors Diagnose Emphysema? WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, FDA.

American Thoracic Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD."

Albert R. Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine,

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American Thoracic Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD."

Albert R. Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine,

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

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