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what is the shape of a white blood cell

A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
ER visit: You didn't say what symptoms caused you to seek emergency care in the first place, and that's a very important piece of information. Your white coun ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Recycled: Body recycles its dead cells, that included white blood cells as well as cells in other organs. Enzymes breakdown the proteins, fats and DNA and the c ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
To understand WBC's: Cytochemistry can reveal WBC dysfunction. It is used in evaluating leukemias.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Normal vs abnormal: White cells and different type of abnormal cells. Wbc cytochemistry is or was a common test in leukemias.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Wide range: This varies widely both with age (day 1 vs 1wk vs 1m) & situation, stress vs non stress. The published range from birth to 2y is 31-68%.
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Different times: It depends on the type of WBC as there are several kinds that do different things. Neutrophils live 6 hours–few days , eosinophils8–12 days , basoph ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Cell division: Centrioles are involved in cell division in all cells, not just white blood cells. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, who ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
What is it?: You need to tell us the level of your hemoglobin(hb). Then we can help youi to interpret it depending on if it is high or low.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many things: A low rbc count is anemia, and causes include nutritional deficiencies (iron, b12, folic acid), bleeding, chronic illnesses of various kinds, malignan ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually infection: Urinary infection is commonest cause of white blood cells in urine. Non-infectious causes include drug reaction, and crystals in urine.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
In fact there can: Be many causes from infections, autoimmune disease, dehydration, medications, stress, to malignancies and many other causes too.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Specializes in Pathology
Infection: Is the most common cause of a mildly elevated white blood cell count. Most bacterial infections result in elevated wbcs with primarily neutrophils.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Unusual: Not sure if i understand the question. There is a disorder called scott syndrome where phospholipids are abnormally oriented in the cell membranes. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
How high?: Normal WBC count is 4-11 thousand and within this range all counts are normal. Bacterial infections are a common cause of high WBC count. Leukemias al ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Pathology photos: A lung cancer in a lung is usually a dominant mass and usually white, though it may be more subtle. The black is simply from the smoke that's accumula ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Nonspecific: The white cells indicate local inflammation, perhaps the lingering signs of a central nervous system infection. However, this can be present in other ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Infection: Infection is the most common cause of high white blood cells , but there can be other causes such as leukemia.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Rarely: Blood over the white part of the eye is usually from a broken blood vessel causing a subconjunctival hemorrhage. It is rarely serious. Blood thinnin ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Low red cell mass is anemia. High red cell count is polycythemia. Variations in shape include: Eliptocytosis, poikilocytoosis, ovalocytosis, macrocyto ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably not serious: But there are several possible causes. If you have pain/discomfort then get it checked out. Meanwhile take a picture of it so that you can track it ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
That is a tough one: Cannot speak in generalities. How low? Other health issues? Medications? Testing to sort out low wbc? Have to know the cause to say anything useful ab ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
33 years experience Pulmonology
Hemoptysis: There are many possibilities. The most common cause is bronchitis but there are serious causes as well so this should be evaluated by a doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Varied...: Infections are the most common cause of an increased white blood cell count and low red blood cell count. Once the infection is cleared, both types of ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No, or yes: Some myeloproliferative diseases include acute leukemia as part of the natural history.

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