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Full blood count normal reference values for adults in France
  1. Xavier Troussard1,
  2. Sylviane Vol2,
  3. Edouard Cornet1,
  4. Valérie Bardet3,
  5. Jean-Paul Couaillac4,
  6. Chantal Fossat5,
  7. Jean-Charles Luce2,
  8. Eric Maldonado6,
  9. Virginie Siguret7,
  10. Jean Tichet2,
  11. Olivier Lantieri2,
  12. Joël Corberand8,
  13. for the French-Speaking Cellular Hematology Group (Groupe Francophone d'Hématologie Cellulaire, GFHC)
  1. 1Laboratoire d'Hématologie, CHU Côte de Nacre, Caen Cedex 9, France
  2. 2IRSA, La Riche Cedex, France
  3. 3Service d'Hématologie Biologique, CHU Cochin-Port Royal, Paris Cedex 14, France
  4. 4Laboratoire Hémato-biologie, CH Cahors, Cahors, France
  5. 5Laboratoire d'Hématologie, CHU Timone, Marseille Cedex 5, France
  6. 6Marketing Hématologie, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Saint Denis, France
  7. 7Service d'Hématologie biologique, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  8. 8Laboratoire d'Hématologie, CHU Toulouse—Rangueil, Toulouse Cedex 9, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Xavier Troussard, Laboratoire d'Hématologie, CHU Côte de Nacre, Caen 14000, France; troussard-x{at}


Aims To determine full blood count (FBC) normal reference values for adults.

Methods FBC normal values for healthy adults were defined, after establishing preanalytical conditions, in a population of 33 258 subjects, 19 612 men and 13 646 women. The values were established after excluding from this population all people having conditions liable to modify, directly or indirectly, FBC parameters.

Results Results for values of standard parameters are provided in detail for each parameter, by sex and by age group from 16 to 69 years of age. In addition, we present FBC values from a population of 339 subjects aged over 69 years with no comorbidities.

Conclusions These normal values are proposed for use in everyday practice. They make it possible to distinguish, without ambiguity, a normal situation from a pathological situation. Moreover, they might be used over all mainland France.

  • Haematology
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Leukocytes
  • Platelets
  • Erythrocytes

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