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A 31-year-old male asked:

i have inflamation in my tonsils. my cbc results are: a high count of neutrophils 9000 mm3 and a low count oflymphocites of 600mm3 (lab mini range 1500). could it bea bacterial infection? i am worried.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need to exclude : Strep throat infection. The information you provided indicates the need to exclude strep throat infection and if that cannot be excluded, you need antibiotic treatment. Your doctor can do a quick screening test, which if positive is sufficient reason to treat, if the screening test is negative then you need throat culture and follow up.
Dr. ROGER MAZLEN
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Obtain throat cultur: Low lymphocyte count suggests possible viral infection. To be certain a throat culture should be obtained. This will help to guide the necessary therapy.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Worthless info: Without a full examination and appropriate cultures if necessary your CBC results have no useful meaning other than a vague suggestion that you may have an inflammatory process in progress.

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