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A 57-year-old female asked:

White blood count 3.8 what does this mean?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
As an isolated: Finding not much. The lower limit of normal is 4.0 in most labs.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Nothing.: Interpreting lab tests without context is not wise and may be dangerous. The number looks normal enough but there may be a lot more to the story.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it mean when your white blood count is at 3300?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
See below: It depends on the WBC differential, but a WBC of 3300 is slightly low. An absolute neutrophil count of less than 1000 indicates an increased risk of getting a bacterial infection. The low WBC count could indicate a viral infection. It could be a side effect of a medicine you are taking. It also could be nothing and might be normal (5000-10000) on repeat testing.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Was wondering if a white blood count of 3.3 is bad?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Leukopenia: A low white cell count (leukopenia) can be caused by many different things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What does a white blood count of 22 mean in an adult?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need more info: Blood count of 22 is not meaningful data. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. If 22, 000 is your white blood cell count, it is elevated and could be due to an infection. See your doctor.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

What does a left shift mean with my white blood count?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Suggestive of: Acute bacterial infection.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ken Starnes
Dr. Ken Starnesanswered
--- 10 years experience
Infection/dehydratio: White blood cells (WBC) are those cells that help fight off infection. The most common reason for an increase is infection, but could indicate a drug reaction, or even some cancers. High red blood cell (rbc) are the cells that carry oxygen to/carbon dioxide from your bodies tissues. High count could be dehydration, heart disease, or low oxygen levels in blood. A doctor can interpret results.
Last updated Nov 20, 2020

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