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is it true that a white blood cell count can show you have brain swelling

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ephraim Hochberg
24 years experience in Medical Oncology
Maybe: Patients with a concussion or cerebral edema can often have an elevated white count but an elevated white count alone is not specific evidence of brai ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: A history and physical exam, perhaps with imaging studies, is what you need to rule it in or out. Do you have bad headaches? Sick to your stomach?
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience in Pain Management
No: It may serve as one piece of the puzzle.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
26 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Cells are living things and require a certain amount of moisture to live. Some viruses and bacteria can survive because of special adaptations, and fo ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
HIV Testing: Yes. Of course. A simple blood test is how HIV infection is diagnosed. Hiv does not cause a change in the white blood cell count early on in infecti ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Smithey
Specializes in Pathology
Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer c ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Yes: There does not have to be a clear change in WBC with an infection.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Is this your Hemoglo: Red cell count runs into 4-5 million cell count range. If yours is 6...You probaly are talking about hemoglobin(hb) level. This is normally 12-14 gram ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
More info needed: What type of wbc's? Lymphocytes? Eosinophils? Neutrophils ("bands" if immature)? Monocytes? Basophils? Or other atypical cells? Need this info before ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Not usually: A low white count is present in about 15% of the population and usually has no clinical significance. Discuss the result with your doctor.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience in Pathology
Enlarged node: Lymph nodes often enlarge during an infection. As lymphocytes proliferate the lymph node expands. There is pain as the capsule stretches. The white ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tarik Hadid
17 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Yes and no: If it is a minor and all CBC is normal then it is ok. If the MCV is low, it could be thalassemia trait. If it is associated with high hemoglobin, it ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Certainly.: Mild and even moderate infections can have little effect on the white blood count. More severe infections may change the white blood cell count. Som ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Misunderstanding: Only in the most serious and clinically obvious illnesses would the total red and white cell counts be even close to being equal. A high absolute lymp ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Yes: I take it that you have a hemoglobin of 9 fm/dL. This will slow you down, and it is important to find the cause. If you have iron deficiency at your a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Cogle
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Leukemia & Low WBC: Low white blood cell count (WBC) in leukemia can be due to: chemotherapy side effect or leukemia cell crowding the bone marrow. If the low WBC is due ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes: There are many conditions that result in both low white blood cells (WBC) and anemia (low red blood cells (rbc)). One of the most common is infection. ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
44 years experience in Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Failure to thrive: At first glance i would say this indicates some type of malnutrition either due to some type of dietary deficiency or failure of the gut to absorb wha ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
45 years experience in Pathology
Really not related: The two things may not be related. Also, the body reacts differently whether we have a viral illness (can have low white count) vs. A bacterial one ( ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Not always: Blood counts can be off only if the cancer is of the blood cells(leukemia). Otherwise most cancers do not effect the blood directly. Chemotherapy does ... Read More

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