124299 - How to Treat quiz: Abnormalities in the full blood count
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Determining when to refer a patient with a full blood count abnormality can be difficult. Transient, mild, isolated abnormalities are common and mostly benign, whereas chronic, progressive, severe abnormalities or those associated with abnormalities in more than one cell lineage can point to an underlying haematological disease requiring investigation and treatment.
Furthermore, encouraging dialogue between GPs and specialists enables rapid diagnosis of potentially life-threatening situations while also preventing unnecessary referrals. The latter not only alleviates the demand on haematology clinics, but may also prevent significant anxiety in the patient waiting for their appointment.