This test measures Hematocrit in a blood sample. Hematocrit is the percentage of blood which is made up of red blood cells (RBC). Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and carry oxygen throughout the body. Typically the body continually produces new red blood cells to replace ones that are lost through bleeding or have aged and broken down. Low hematocrit is often indicative of anemia and can be caused by excessive blood loss, nutritional deficiencies such as iron or B12, bone marrow disorders or kidney damage. Higher than normal hematocrit can be caused by dehydration, lung disease, heart disease or kidney tumors.
A hematocrit test is often done as part of routine general health testing. It is also ordered when a person is experiencing symptoms of anemia such as fatigue, lack of energy, paleness, shortness of breath or fainting. This test can also be used to monitor treatment for anemia. Hematocrit if typically tested along with Hemoglobin or as part of a Complete Blood Count (CBC).
Turnaround time for the Hematocrit test is typically 1 business day.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
The Hematocrit test has no fasting requirements.
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