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A 47-year-old female asked:
are these "out of range" cbc numbers normal or cause for concern/alarm? auto wbc 11.4(h), rbc 5.20, hgb 12.1, hematocrit 38.8, mcv 74.6(l), mch 23.3(l), mchc 31.2(l), rdw 18.3(h), platelet count 426(h). would further investigation be advised?
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Pathology 49 years experience
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your parameters are not a cause for concern, however the values suggest iron deficiency and you may wish to take oral iron and multivitamin supplements.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
What does your CBC look like when you are in sepsis or septic shock?
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Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Varies: White cell count could be low, high or normal. Hemoglobin is likely to be low or dropping. Immature and damaged cells are noted. There is something called a left shift, a change in the relative proportions of different white cells. Bandemia may be noted. Platelets high, normal, or low.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Why would a patient's hemoglobin and hematocrit be elevated if he or she has chf?
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Cardiology 38 years experience
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A 37-year-old member asked:
I have gestational thrombocytopenia @ 35 weeks platelets are 102. Will I be able to have epidural?
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A Verified Doctoranswered
Yes: Typically anesthesiologists will give an epidural as long as the platelet count is above 75k. Depending on the doctor, some are more comfortable with higher or lower values. Giving an epidural when platelets are very low increases the risk of bleeding in the spine which can cause serious complications. Your platelets will be rechecked when you are admitted to the hospital.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
My WBC is at 17, 500. Everything is normal including differential count. Spleen and liver are ok. For 2 days I have been feeling tired. What could it b?
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Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Too many to count: There isn't a simple answer to this question, because an elevated WBC is nonspecific, it can happen from just about any cause of inflammation or infection, or from other conditions of the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Viral infection: Leukopenia, low white cell count, is most often caused by viral infection. A number of different conditions or infections have to be considered as well.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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