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What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

Quite a few things: Infection, myeloproliferative disease, chronic leukemias, physiologic stress, medications and heavy smoking to name a few. ...Read more

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


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Do red blood cells give human blood its red color?

Do red blood cells give human blood its red color?

Yes: Once the rbc's are removed, the remainder is serum- an amber colored liquid. ...Read more

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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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My doctor said the white blood cells are attacking the red blood cells what is this?

My doctor said the white blood cells are attacking the red blood cells what is this?

Leukemia: when the white cell become abnormal they reproduce rapply and crowd out the red blood cell ...Read more

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What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

Infection: When there are both alot of rbc's and wbc's in the urine it usually indicates a bacterial infection either cystitis, prostatitis, urethritis or pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?

What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?

Inflammation : Macrocytes are white blood cells too. Also depends how high they are. Very mild elevation like 10-13 for WBC and 400-450 for platelets could be lab variations too. If mild to moderate suggests inflammation which can be from infection, autoimmune disorders. If very high, blood disorders are a concern. Whomever ordered the test should follow up with u. ...Read more

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What are microcytic red blood cells?

What are microcytic red blood cells?

Small cells: Microcytic red blood cells are small rbcs - usually caused by low iron from decreased iron stores or blood loss. ...Read more

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What are white blood cells for?

What are white blood cells for?

Infection fighting: The white blood cells (leukocytes) are infection fighting cells. ...Read more

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What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

Variable lab normals: Each lab has normal ranges of the values. White Blood Count normal range is usually between 4.0 and 10.5. Hemoglobin values are usually between 11.0-14.5 for women and 12-15 for men. Rarely do people actually quote the RBC count number although it is reported on most lab reports. ...Read more

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What cells give human blood its red color?

What cells give human blood its red color?

Hemoglobin : Hemoglobin which contains iron gives human blood cells their res color. ...Read more

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Recently blood: what are band/banded white blood cells?

Bands: White blood cells that are referred to as 'bands' are usually provoked by infection, and the bands are actually premature white cells that are released into the blood stream from the bone marrow as an attempt to fight off infection. ...Read more

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Would human blood remain the color red if all of the red blood cells were removed?

Would human blood remain the color red if all of the red blood cells were removed?

No: Hemoglobin gives blood its red color. Once you spin off the red blood cells, what is left is serum and other cellswhich have no hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?

What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?

Too long: There is no way to fit an answer to this question in 400 characters. However, if you go to this website you will find a very complete answer that is very easy to understand: http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Basics/ ...Read more

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What are white blood cells?

Fight infections: White blood cells are the cells in our body that fight infections. There are five types of white blood cells: lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. Each plays a specific role in the defense mechanisms of the human body. ...Read more

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Since plasma is straw-yellow in color when no red blood cells are present, wouldn't it be true to say that red blood cells (and the hemoglobin contained within them) give human blood its red color?

Since plasma is straw-yellow in color when no red blood cells are present, wouldn't it be true to say that red blood cells (and the hemoglobin contained within them) give human blood its red color?

Yes.: The red color is indeed from the hemoglobin in red cells. The yellow color of the plasma is from the proteins contained in plasma. How red the blood looks depends on the oxygen content of the hemoglobin. Oxygenated HGB is bright red, but deoxygenated blood, what you see in veins, is darker, and can be almost purple if there is very little oxygen. Hgb poisoned by carbon monoxide also is red. ...Read more

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All childhood blood disorders that cause bone marrow to produce cells but slowly, low red cells white and platelets, B12 and iron are all in range?

All childhood blood disorders that cause bone marrow to produce cells but slowly, low red cells white and platelets,  B12 and iron are all in range?

Many conditions: Pancytopenia, or decrease in rbc, wbc, and platelets can be genetic, like Fanconi anemia or Dyskeratosis congenital, that include other abnormalities. Acquired pancytopenia, besides low B12 and Folate, (folic acid) can be caused by a toxin, drugs, radiation, a viral infection, malnutrition and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). If a cause is not found, it is said to be idiopathic. I hope it resolves. ...Read more