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This is the first of three sessions in the module Haematology in Practice launched on In this session, Dr David Camilleri, Consultant Haemaologist first discusses the components of the Complete blood Count results and discusses the causes and significance of deviation from the normal range of various cell lines with particular emphasis on when urgent or non-urgent referral is indicated.

Changes in the Complete Blood Count caused by anaemia is also explained, including what further investigations may be indicated. The important of choosing the appropriate referral pathway is emphasised, pointing out that many a time, anaemia is secondary to other pathologies and therefore best investigated by other specialties according to the cause. Thrombocytopenia and thrombocytosis is discussed.


  • Identify common causes of abnormalities of the FBC and when to refer to Haematology