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A 40-year-old female asked:

Does high white cell count 15.4 and headaches on and off for 6 weeks always indicate leukemia? or could there still be other causes?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Absolutely not: You can raise your white count to 20,000 by spending a half hour swimming in cold water. If the cells are normally formed, and the rest of your blood count is reasonable, look around for some other cause; you may not find one. Look for a cause of headaches as well -- it may be as simple as needing new eyeglasses. Good luck.

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Last updated May 31, 2016

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