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What does high white blood cells, high neutrophils and low lymphocytes indicate? absolute lymphocytes and all others are normal should i be scared

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Infection etc: A high neutrophil count in the WBC differential can be from inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus. Sarcoidosis, or from infection. Low lymphocyte count likely from above.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 61 years experience
High cell counts: Need more information. E.G. What is your age and gender. What are the levels of neutrophils and lmphocytes. Do you have any illness or do you get fevers.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe nothing.: Could indicate normal variation or an infection. Depends upon how high the WBC count is. If you were not ill before the blood was drawn and it was drawn "routinely" this is very likely to be nothing. It does illustrate the need to draw blood with a purpose in mind.

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What does high white blood cells, high neutrophils and low lymphocytes indicate?Absolute levels and all others are normal

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Dr. Selma Holden
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Depends: A mild elevation in white blood cells, with and increase in neutrophils is typical of a bacterial infection, or could be due to medications that you are on (ie. Steroids). If the white blood cell count is very high, you should speak with your primary care provider.
Last updated Oct 24, 2017


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