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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

White Blood Cell (Definition)

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


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How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

None: Actually, patients with sickle cell disease often have white blood cell counts that are higher than normal. This is a characteristic of the disease and not necessarily a sign of infection. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Lab data: Without a full medical history and physical exam cannot possibly theorize about what this may be. It certainly indicates a need for further investigation and should not be ignored. Good luck. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count, implications?

Low white blood cell count, implications?

Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to infections. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more

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Can steroid abuse cause high white blood cell count and protein in your urine ? My white blood cell count is 15

Can steroid abuse cause high white blood cell count and protein in your urine ? My white blood cell count is 15

Maybe but...: Our first concern is to rule out a serious infection (is your peripheral smear abnormal? Are the white cells primitive / angry-looking? Do you have symptoms?) and real kidney disease (how much protein, is it mostly albumin?) i hope you'll reconsider anabolic steroid use (if it's this kind of steroid); every guy i know who's tried this has regretted it. ...Read more

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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

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Low white blood cell count cause?

Low white blood cell count cause?

Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, folate deficiency, copper & zinc deficiency, medications such as wellbutrin, (bupropion) depakote, lamictal, clozapine, minocycline, flagyl, interferone, arsenic toxicity. ...Read more

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Elevated enzymes in liver and white blood cell count elevated?

Liver testing: With the situation of elevation of liver enzymes and white blood cells, this requires a follow up with a physician to rule out an infection. Further imaging including abdominal ultrasound or ct scan of the abdomen may be warranted as well depending on the physical examination by the physician. ...Read more

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Can cancer always cause high white blood cell counts?

Can cancer always cause high white blood cell counts?

No: The vast majority of cancers donor affect the CBC. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Is high white blood cell count symptoms of kidney infection?

Is high white blood cell count symptoms of kidney infection?

Often: The absolute neutrophil count often goes up when there's a bacterial kidney infection. These are not to be taken lightly -- before antibiotics, they were major killers especially of young women. ...Read more

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What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count? Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count?  Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

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, it would have helped to have the actual results. Why were the tests done? What symptoms do you have? It would require taking history, physical examination and may be more tests to settle the issue. Please see your doc. ...Read more

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What?Causes a high white blood cell count?

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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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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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in children?

Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...Read more

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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infections. However, it depends on why the wbcs are low. Some people simply have low WBC counts and live normal lives. Others could have an underlying problem causing the low counts. ...Read more

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High white count and low red cell count?

Details please: How high and how low? What is the mcv. Are the wbcs neuts or lymphs. Is this new or chronic? ...Read more

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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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My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

  My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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What does an elevated white blood cell count mean?

Elevated White Count: It all depends on how elevated the results are, but in general this represents a concurrent bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in children?

Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an elevated white blood cell count during an exam?

What does it mean to have an elevated white blood cell count during an exam?

Infection: Leukocytosis is a cardinal sign for occult infection but it can also be seen in situations of severe stress and in smokers. It requires investigation and follow up. The type of white cell elevation can give further clues as to the probable cause. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have elevated white blood cell count in seaman?

What does it mean to have elevated white blood cell count in seaman?

Inflammation: Too many white cells in seminal fluid suggests an acute inflammation/infection somewhere along the ejaculatory route: testis, epidydimis, prostate or urethra. Your dr should investigate further to prescribe a treatment as necessary ...Read more

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What does it mean if a 6 y/o child has elevated white blood cell count and his inflammation marker is high?

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What does it mean if a 6 y/o child has elevated white blood cell count and his inflammation marker is high?

Viral vs bacterial: Not too infrequently, children present with fever without clear source. We have utilized white cell count and inflammation markers, e.g., sed rate or CRP to distinguish viral vs bacterial infection. Elevated white blood cell and high inflammation marker suggest the likelihood of bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Could onychomycosis cause elevated white blood cell count?

Could onychomycosis cause elevated white blood cell count?

Not usually: Elevated white counts tend to be a hallmark of a bacterial infection, not a fungal infection--particularly in the nails. ...Read more

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Can household mold, ie in the walls, cause an elevated white blood cell count?

No: A person with a healthy immune system should not be infected by this type of a problem, and thus it should not result in an increased wbc. ...Read more

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I constantly have an elevated white blood cell count and alkaline phosphatase levels currently at 196 I am female 56.

How do you FEEL?: Around 5% of older folks always run elevated alk phos and trying to work it up never produces anything helpful; if the specimen is nonfasting and you don't have A antigen on your red cells, it's often high from intestinal alk phos. If all WBC's are normally formed and other cells are normal, I'd worry only if the WBC is very high. Lab "normals" are set so that several % of healthies are outside ...Read more

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I have an elevated white blood cell count and HPV does this mean I have cancer?

I have an elevated white blood cell count and HPV does this mean I have cancer?

Unlikely: An increased white count can occur for many reasons (eg, with infection, inflammation, stress response, etc). But just because your WBC is up and you happen to have HPV does not mean the two are related. For your HPV make sure that you are up to date with your gyn exams as this is the best way to prevent HPV related cancer of the cervix. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you help with elevated white blood cell count and liver enzymes?

Please tell me, could you help with elevated white blood cell count and liver enzymes?

Get a consult: It's more critical, if you feel okay, that the white cells not contain any abnormal forms. Your elevated liver enzymes, if still high after weeks off alcohol and whatever meds you don't really need to be taking, will get worked up to rule out various hepatitis and iron / copper overload syndromes. If your physician isn't explaining this as he/she goes, it's time to specialist referral. ...Read more

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Could cystic acne infections cause slightly elevated white blood cell count?

Could cystic acne infections cause slightly elevated white blood cell count?

Yes: Or simply stress -- even a cold shower can raise it to 20, 000. I'm seriously concerned that you describe "cystic acne" but only list benzoyl peroxide. That's not nearly enough. You need to be under the care of a competent physician, probably a dermatologist, as cystic acne usually requires Isotretinoin or something else really powerful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Elevated white blood cell count possible after Hib vaccine?

Elevated white blood cell count possible after Hib vaccine?

Mild increase = yes: Any stress can trigger an increase in adrenal stress hormone levels. This cortisol can drive white cells off their resting place on the inside walls of blood vessels producing a transient rise in the total white count when they enter the circulation. The effect is transient ...Read more

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My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

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, the elevated white cell count is likely a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery. If he has fever, discharge from the surgical site, pain at the surgical site, then you should consult your doctor promptly. ...Read more

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I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

How do you FEEL?: If the white cell values are not extremely out of range, and all are well formed, I would not worry about them. Iron is more worrisome as even without anemia, low values can war of poor nutrition or bleeding from an uncertain or tumor. Nobody here can really tell you much more than that we are glad you are amtaking an active role in understanding your health. ...Read more

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Is an elevated white blood cell count possible after dtap/hib vaccine?

Is an elevated white blood cell count possible after dtap/hib vaccine?

Mild increase = yes: Any stress can trigger an increase in adrenal stress hormone levels. This cortisol can drive white cells off their resting place on the inside walls of blood vessels producing a transient rise in the total white count when they enter the circulation. The effect is transient ...Read more