Diagnosis of Nutritional Anemia
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that shows the number of blood cells. Anemia is diagnosed if RBC levels are too low. It may also suggest what type of anemia is present. Other tests or questions will help to confirm an anemia due to nutrition. Tests to rule out other causes include:
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 10/30/2020
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