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What does a wbc count of 20, 000 mean?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Seriousness: Infection or leukemia or trauma.
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
Leukocytosis: It means leukocytosis which is an abnormally high white blood cell (WBC) count. This finding can be associated with multiple clinical conditions including infections/inflammatory states but also leukemia. A value of 20, 000 is quite high (normal: 400 - 11, 000), therefore a consultation with your physician or a hematologist is strongly recommended.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if my WBC count 15000?

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Dr. James Ball
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Depends on symptoms: An elevated WBC can mean infection or a number of other things. 15000 can be normal in some situations. It is important to describe any new symptoms that you may be experiencing. This will help in determining if the elevation in wbcs is normal or a sign of something more serious. Please follow up with the provider who ordered your cbc.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Does a WBC count of 12, 000 mean anything serious?

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Dr. Agos Luca
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See below...: A common cause of increased WBC is represented by infectious/inflammatory conditions; however, other clinical associations are possible including more serious diseases like leukemia. It is important to know what type of cell causes the increased wbc. Is it because of an increase in neutrophils or lymphocytes? A CBC with differential and morphology would be a reasonable next step.

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