Is a CBC count useful in the evaluation of suspected aspiration pneumonia?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The complete blood cell (CBC) count may reveal an elevated white blood cell (WBC) count, increased neutrophils, anemia, and thrombocytosis in patients with bacterial pneumonia caused by anaerobic bacteria. An elevated WBC count and increased neutrophils may also be present in patients with chemical pneumonitis.


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