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A 24-year-old female asked about a female:

Can a elevated wbc (14.1) high neutrophils (69%) low lymphocytes (23%) & large lymph nodes indicate cancer?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Mathews
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 18 years experience
Not typically: These are typical changes you see during an acute infection. If these problems persist for over a month, than it would be more concerning for a cancer.
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Dr. Scott Diede
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31 years experience
Possible, but...: Without knowing more specifics of how the patient is doing clinically as well as the results of other blood tests (like the rest of the cbc), infection would be more likely with this picture (especially the elevated neutrophils). There are definitely other tests that could be performed if cancer was more of a concern, if this was warranted.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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