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A 49-year-old female asked:

I have high lymphocytes, low neutrophils, normal wbc (4900) and normal sed rate. i'm scared to death i have cancer. i had a corneal transplant 4 months ago and use steroidal eye drops 4 times a day. the blood tests were discovered because i felt like i

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Take : Take a deep breath! call your doctor and explain your anxiety about these laboratory findings; he or she will be able to give you more information pertinent to you than any of us can here on this board. However, from what you describe, it seems very unlikely that you have cancer. There are many benign causes of changes in the numbers of lymphocytes and neutrophils. The necessary evaluation depends on whether the absolute numbers of these cells, the alc and anc, respectively, are changed or whether it is only a relative percentage difference from the norm without any significant changes in the absolute numbers of these cells. These changes can be caused by medications, an infection, thyroid changes, and even autoimmune changes. If the results persist, you may want to ask your doctor for a referral to a hematologist to get to the bottom of the matter and put your mind at ease.
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Dr. Waseemullah Khan
Specializes in Medical Oncology
Unlikely : Unlikely you have cancer most likely you have a viral illness versus chronic lymphocytic leukemia the next step would be a flow cytometry to confirm or rule out cll.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
? Viral infection: Your description sounds like a viral infection. This is unrelated to your eye surgery and topical meds. See your regular doctor.
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Last updated Mar 14, 2019


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