What is the role of CBC count in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The components of the complete blood cell (CBC) count can be useful indicators of disease activity and iron or vitamin deficiency. An elevated white blood cell (WBC) count is common in patients with active inflammatory disease and does not necessarily indicate infection.


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