Understand Your Test

White Blood Cell Count (WBC)

Formal Name

 White Blood Cell Count.

Why Get Tested?

To screen for or diagnose a variety of conditions that can affect white blood cells (WBC) such as an infectioninflammation or a disease that affects the production or survival of WBCs; to monitor treatment of a blood disorder or to monitor therapy that is known to affect WBCs.

When To Get Tested?

As part of a complete blood count (CBC), when you have a routine health examination; when you have any number of signs and symptoms that may be related to a condition affecting WBCs such as infection, inflammation, or cancer; when you have a condition or are receiving treatment that is known to affect WBCs.