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A 24-year-old male asked:

Do all infections cause a elevated wbc?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not all: In some cases they are not affected at all and or they can cause a decrease in the WBC count. (usually a very bad sign).
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Do all infections cause a elevated wbc? Or only the bad infections do

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Some do, some don't: It's just one piece of information. Most severe bacterial infections will raise the neutrophil count and put overactive and young cells in that series into the blood -- but the very worst may actually feature a low count. Different white cells come out for different knids of infection, and sometimes the response is poor overall. Don't rely on just one piece of information.
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