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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Csf White Blood Cell Analysis (Overview)

When spinal fluid is obtained, several tests are ordered. The white cell count can be associated with potential inflammation, and is elevated in meningitis of any etiology, but also increased with cancers, multiple sclerosis, lyme disease, intracranial parasites, asceptic meningitis, rarely as a medication rxtn.


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What is the definition or description of: CSF white blood cell analysis?

What is the definition or description of: CSF white blood cell analysis?

Lumbar puncture: When spinal fluid is obtained, several tests are ordered. The white cell count can be associated with potential inflammation, and is elevated in meningitis of any etiology, but also increased with cancers, multiple sclerosis, lyme disease, intracranial parasites, asceptic meningitis, rarely as a medication rxtn. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Csf White Blood Cell Analysis (Overview)

When spinal fluid is obtained, several tests are ordered. The white cell count can be associated with potential inflammation, and is elevated in meningitis of any etiology, but also increased with cancers, multiple sclerosis, lyme disease, intracranial parasites, asceptic meningitis, rarely as a medication rxtn.


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What is the definition or description of: CSF white blood cell count?

What is the definition or description of: CSF white blood cell count?

The number: Of white blood cells in the cerebrospinal fluid. In the healthy situation that number is very low. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
Once
Go to lab appointments
Once
Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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Does wbc/white blood cell count have a different term on the LP/csf report? (I only see lymph, neut, mono, total nucleated cells) is wbc one of those?

Does wbc/white blood cell count have a different term on the LP/csf report? (I only see lymph, neut, mono, total nucleated cells) is wbc one of those?

WBC differential: Leukocyte count or total nucleated cells is WBC count and lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophills are the different types of the white blood cells ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap done and the red blood cell count in CSF was 2000+ marked as elevated. What does this mean?It should be 0 accordinh to sheat

I had a spinal tap done and the red blood cell count in CSF was 2000+ marked as elevated. What does this mean?It should be 0 accordinh to sheat

Bloody tap or bleed: Since you're able to type this question coherently, I gather that your health didn't suffer after the lumbar puncture, so that would probably rule out a cerebral bleed (hemorrhage) as a cause of the blood cells in CSF. Most likely the RBCs came from a "bloody tap" - trauma to blood vessels of the back from the needle. Normally, no vessels are damaged, but doctors are not perfect! Hope all is well. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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My man had a semen analysis done they wouldn't say if he was infertile or not they just said he has a high white blood cell count what does that mean?

My man had a semen analysis done they wouldn't say if he was infertile or not they just said he has a high white blood cell count what does that mean?

Infection: First of all you need to be told all of the results of the test, such as the counts, morphology, viability, motility and volume results. Wbcs in the specimen may suggest prostate infection and this can affect sperm count and quality. You need more information. ...Read more

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If you had a blood infection, could that cause wbc in csf to be elevated?

If you had a blood infection, could that cause wbc in csf to be elevated?

Meningitis: More than 5 WBCs in the CSF by definition is meningitis. Sometimes you can have BOTH blood infection and meningitis (blood being a route that the coverings around the brain become infected). Hopefully your doctor has the organism in the 'Petri' dish, so you can get the best treatment knowing the weaknesses of the germ. I recommend an ID specialist to be involved in a case that sounds serious. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Please tell me all symptoms of low white blood cell?

Please tell me all symptoms of low white blood cell?

Leukopenia: This depends on the cause. There is high susceptibility to infections, with signs & symptoms of infection if it occurs, generalized malaise & weakness. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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What causes low red and white blood cell counts?

What causes low red and white blood cell counts?

When both RBC and: Wbcs are affected several topics come to mind. The marrow may be stressed in response to infection, or due to a medication. This would also be a common pattern in bone marrow production problems such as the myelodysplastic syndromes. Patients with acute leukemia can also present in this fashion. ...Read more

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What makes the white blood cell of a 2 year old high?

What makes the white blood cell of a 2 year old high?

Leukocytosis: This can be caused by infection, malignancy or other inflammatory processes. Need more info to be specific, but best to discuss this with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
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Make dietary changes
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Take a stool softener
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See your doctor
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What are the ranges of white blood cell counts for different kinds of leukemia?

What are the ranges of white blood cell counts for different kinds of leukemia?

Wide range: Zero to "very high" (eg 100's of thousands). Leukemia undergoing treatment may result in a zero white blood cell (WBC) count. Some leukemias may have relatively normal total WBC but abnormal cells (blasts) in the differential. Other leukemias can develop very high WBC counts. So, a wide range is possible. ...Read more

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Why is my white blood cell count high?

Why is my white blood cell count high?

How high?: Which wbcs are high - neuts? Lymphs? How long? Clinical context? Meds? ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
once
Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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How high is high white blood cell count!?

How high is high white blood cell count!?

HIGH WBC >10.5k: A normal white blood count (WBC) is in the range: 4k--10.5k (4000-10, 500) in most labs around the country. So any WBC >10.5k is elevated. I see elevated wbc's all the time, so i recommend following it closely (perhaps rechecking in 1 month with 'a differential') . If you have symptoms of a blood disorder you may need further testing, now. ...Read more

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Whats an alarming white blood cell count?

Depends entirely on: The context. A very low WBC count in the presence of fever can be immediately life threatening. On the high side over 100, 000 can be very concerning in acute leukemia, and very routine and expected in chronic leukemia. ...Read more

Cerebrospinal Fluid (Definition)

The fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord provides an exchange pathway and balancing system for brain and spinal cord metabolism, besides a cushioning system for routine impacts of our ...Read more


Csf (Definition)

Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear colorless fluid produced in the choroid plexus in the brain, and acts as a cushion or a buffer for the ...Read more