A 27-year-old female asked:
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white blood cells in stool . doc doing a colonoscopy . why ? what do white cells indicate ? infection ? and where in the body ? bilirubin high .

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience Internal Medicine
WBC in stool: Hi, as I told you last time WBC in stool indicates inflammation like infection in bowel or inflammatory diseases like Crohn's dx, trust your doctor, it seems you are on a right track, High Bili has different causes, needs more info to know why, like your liver function test and .... You better trust your doctor. it seems they are giving you a very good care. Good luck.
Answered on Jul 27, 2014
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Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience Internal Medicine
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Thanks for the thank you note, sorry to hear that but it seems right now you are on the right track. Feel better soon.
Jul 27, 2014
Dr. James Budd
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Inflammation...: The body sends white blood cells to areas of injury and inflammation is part of healing. Infection is one cause of inflammation, but the bowel can be inflamed without infection. Stool WBC's and associated inflammation can come from anywhere in the digestive system. A colon source is most likely, so colonoscopy makes sense. Bilirubin indicates liver dysfunction/blockage or broken RBC's.
Answered on May 11, 2015
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