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Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Not necessarily: There are many possible causes of a high white blood cell count including infection, allergic reactions, medication effects, other types of "inflammation", and also leukemias. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

A malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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How high would my white blood cell count have to be to be leukemia?

How high would my white blood cell count have to be to be leukemia?

Not high at all: Leukemia is a word that means "white blood". Originally leukemia was recognized when the white blood count was very high. However, as we develop a better understanding, we know that leukemia can be associated with a very low, normal, or high white blood cell count. What is important is the process going on in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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How high would my white blood cell count have to be to have leukemia?

How high would my white blood cell count have to be to have leukemia?

Any number: We diagnose leukemia with white blood cell counts that are low, normal and high. Usually the other blood counts are also affected (low hemoglobin, low platelets). ...Read more

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White blood cell count 16.95 at week 39 preg appt. Doc casually mentioned leukemia. Any other ideas? Second child, first there was no elevated levels

Confusing data: In most circles a white blood count of 16.95 would mean 16, 950 cells per microliter with a expected range of 4500-10, 000.Pregnancy is known to cause an elevation of the WBC level. If the count were above 100, 000 I would consider that a possibility & rarely it could be at a lower level. Why the diagnosis was even brought up in that setting is confusing. I suspect the doc has some explaining to do. ...Read more

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How severe would my white blood cell count have to be for me to have leukemia?

How severe would my white blood cell count have to be for me to have leukemia?

No answer here: Leukemia patients can have low, normal and high wbc. Must have the clinical context, the other CBC numbers and especially the WBC differential. ...Read more

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If you had normal white blood cell count & all other normal bloodwork several months ago is it possible you could have leukemia anyway?

If you had normal white blood cell count & all other normal bloodwork several months ago is it possible you could have leukemia anyway?

It is possible but: It depends on many factors. leukemia can develop quite quickly and make people sick very fast. So any blood tests done more than one month may not be a reliable guide to what you are asking about. ...Read more

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Ref. Range 4.0-11.0. My white blood cell count was 11.8. How likely is leukemia? I had a sinus infection and abd rash at the time.

Ref. Range 4.0-11.0. My white blood cell count was 11.8. How likely is leukemia? I had a sinus infection and abd rash at the time.

Not likely: A number of things can cause an elevated WBC including infections (like your sinus infection) and even just stress (mental or physical), so it would seem unlikely that just based on this you would have leukemia or any other serious condition. ...Read more

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52yr f, suspected acute leukemia, white blood cell count 25.0, bruising, fatigue, to receive blood transfusions. How serious is this? Is this fatal in adults

Various types: Some types of acute adult leukemia respond better to treatment than others. Your hematologist/oncologist is best qualified to advise, treat and follow you. ...Read more

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If you have a CBC with differential and the only thing abnormal is the high white blood cell count can you dismiss luekemia for the most part?

If you have a CBC with differential and the only thing abnormal is the high white blood cell count can you dismiss luekemia for the most part?

Leukemia & High WBCs: An elevated white cell count can indicate an infection as well as leukemia. Other tests can be run to arrive at the correct diagnosis; I would follow up with your physician soon. ...Read more

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My 13 yr old daughter got a white blood cell count of 3.6 come in yesterday and her uncle passed away at 18 with luekemia Should we go do more tests n?

My 13 yr old daughter got a white blood cell count of 3.6 come in yesterday and her uncle passed away at 18 with luekemia Should we go do more tests n?

The WBC count alone: Doesn't give us enough information to give you the proper answer to this. When the WBC count was done, there should have been what's called a differential, which is important for that type of diagnosis. Would also need to know more about her health and why the labwork was done. Please recontact one of us through HealthTap Prime, where we can do a better consult...and discuss with her doctor. ...Read more

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How to increase the red blood cell count in a acute leukemia patient?

How to increase the red blood cell count in a acute leukemia patient?

Blood transfusions: Blood transfusions are the best and fastest way to correct anemia in patients with acute leukemia. Drugs to try and help the bone marrow produce more red blood cells are mot typically recommended. ...Read more

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Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

No: A person's white blood cell count depends on how the bone marrow functions. This is not affected by genetics. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a high white blood cell count, what could that mean?

Elevated numbers: This result may (eg bacterial) or may not (eg stress response) suggest an infection since there is no clinical context. For example, a vomiting episode or initiation of a steroid medication can temporarily increase your white blood cell count - but that doesn't mean you have an infection. Try rephrasing the question with symptoms included in it. ...Read more

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A high white blood cell count in my prostate means what?

Inflamation: Pyospermia, or WBC in the semen, or WBC in expressed prostatic secretion, indicates inflamation in the prostate. This may be caused by a bacterial infection, but not necessarily. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a high white blood cell count cause you to be tired?

Not directly: However, certain diseases that cause a high white count can also cause fatigue. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

WBCs in urine: WBC's in the urine are commonly associated with infection or inflammation of the urinary tract. Urine infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and kindey stones are common causes. Inflammation of the bladder wall (cystitis) is also common. Less common causes are things like nephrotic syndromes and allergic interstitial nephritis. ...Read more

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What are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.

What are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.

What Symptoms?: How high is your white cell count? What if any symptoms do you have? Do you have fever? Have you had unintended weight loss? If answer to all of these is no, you may not have any disorder. If you have symptoms, it would be prudent to see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What makes a newborn not eat and have a high white blood cell count?

What makes a newborn not eat and have a high white blood cell count?

Newborns only drink: New borns are only expected to drink milk, eating starts at the age of 4-5 months when table foods are introduced. If they are not eating well and have very high white count they should be checked for chest / throat / ear / urine infections. Not being able to eat. / drink / being fussy / not being active as normal are all signs of infection. ...Read more

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What causes a high white blood cell count?

Stresses: Can be from infection, steroids, some other drugs, or more rarely blood cancer. Need more information and situation/history to narrow. ...Read more

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What? Causes a high white blood cell count?

High WBC: You could have inflammation rather than infection. A sed rate and CRP are helpful tests to rule this out. You may need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a high white blood cell count?

What happens if you have a high white blood cell count?

Nothing: Nothing "happens" as a result of a high white count. The number of white blood cells on a typical blood smear is used as a tool to help diagnose many different medical problems. Generally white blood cells increase in response to an infection or physical stress. There are several types of white blood cell and
analyzing the percentage of each in the white cell count gives clues to the cause. ...Read more

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What symptoms are often associated with a high white blood cell count?

Depends on reason: High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection. Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom. ...Read more

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I've been sick for a month and have a high white blood cell count. Should I be concerned?

Yes: Forgive my frankness. A significantly elevated white count and symptoms lasting a month, without anything from a physician as to what's going on, should prompt you to seek a different physician with whom you have better rapport. Vague complaints and leukocytosis could be bacterial endocarditis, tuberculosis, or any of several other illnesses that must be diagnosed without delay. ...Read more

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Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed. ...Read more

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I wondering, but why is a high white blood cell count consistent with cancer?

I wondering, but why is a high white blood cell count consistent with cancer?

Says who?: Tasking a cold shower can give you a high white count. If you feel well, the cells are all normal, and the elevation is mild, no further work up is indicated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a high white blood cell count resulting from clozaril (clozapine)?

Leukocytosis: Fever, bleeding or bruising, trouble breathing, pain or tingling, dizziness, trouble thinking, poor appetite, all depending on the cause. Also, can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more