A 19-year-old female asked:
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what does it mean when the result of your peripheral blood smear says that you have mild leukocytosis with absolute neutrophilia?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
More neutrophils: It means your overall white cell count is a little elevated, and of those white cells, there are more neutrophils than what is in the "normal" range. This is slightly suggestive of a bacterial infection, but it is far from diagnostic; this is only useful in the setting of signs/symptoms that also suggest infection. It could be primary issues with the blood cells, or even just normal variation.
Answered on Dec 22, 2012
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
White blood cells: That means your total white blood cells are just slightly above the normal range and they saw a true elevation of segmented mature white blood cells. The range used varies and depends on the laboratory. This can be seen in different condition such as infection, inflammation, etc. Nothing that you have to be too concern about. Discuss with your doctor in detail however if you are concern about it.
Answered on Jan 16, 2014
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