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Doctor insights on: Elevated White Blood Cells In Spinal Fluid

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What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my spinal fluid?

What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my spinal fluid?

How many and what: Kind of white cells? Up to five normal lymphocytes per cubic mm is okay, anything more demands investigation.

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


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Please tell me what anitibiotics can lower white blood cell count in spinal fluid?

Please tell me what anitibiotics can lower white blood cell count in spinal fluid?

The antibiotic: Choice must be guided by the culture and sensitivity report from the microbiology lab.

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What anitibiotics are there to use to lower white blood cell count in spinal fluid?

Need more info: Are we talking about meningitis or one of the numerous other conditions that can cause white cells to be in the spinal fluid? If it is a bacterial infection, then cultures will tell you what antibiotics are appropriate. If it is a viral infection, no antibiotics are needed.

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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.

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Does cancer cause elevated white blood cells?

Does cancer cause elevated white blood cells?

Yes it can on occasi: Advanced cancer can be associated with high white blood cell (wbc) count. It is called a para-neoplastic syndrome and is felt to be due to chemicals released from cancer cells which then stimulate production of wbcs.

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I had an outbreak of hsv2 in April. A blood test yesterday showed what the doc said was "slightly elevated white blood cells". Could the 2 be related?

I had an outbreak of hsv2 in April. A blood test yesterday showed what the doc said was "slightly elevated white blood cells". Could the 2 be related?

Yes, but so what?: Conceivably the two are related, but it doesn't matter. A white blood count elevation which is only slight is not problematic per se. So it's either due to the HSV (which you already know you have) or it's due to an unidentifiable non-problem.

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What does elevated white blood cells and platelets but low carbon dioxide mean?

Ask the ordering doc: Since there is not enough information presented here to answer accurately.

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When I do CBC test, will number of my white blood cells always be elevated?

When I do CBC test, will number of my white blood cells always be elevated?

May have no change: When you have an infection, virus or other, the family of white blood cells that is fighting the most will be elevated. For example, in common viruses the lymphocytes will often be the predominant white blood cell by number. In some infections, more often with bacterial infections, the total white blood cell number, or wbc, will be elevated.

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What exactly does it mean when your red and white blood cells are elevated?

Lots: Of potential answers here. Could be as simple as an infection and associated dehydration. Also could be a myeloproliferative disease.

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Can your white blood cells be elevated when having general blood work done?

How high?: Need to know the count number and whether it is neuts or lymphs. The differential is broad and includes infection, drugs, stress of other illness and heavy smoking.

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My doctor said that my white blood cells are a little elevated, should I be worried?

My doctor said that my white blood cells are a little elevated, should I be worried?

Not necessarily.: The body produces many different types of white blood cells as part of the immune system. This production varies from person to person, and many normal and abnormal conditions (such as infection) can cause the white blood cell count to rise. Please speak to your doctor to clarify how elevated your count is, and if the lab test show what types of cells were elevated. He is likely to reassure you.

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I had a common cold but all types of my white blood cells are elevated? Had antibiotic the day after I had a CBC test?

I had a common cold but all types of my white blood cells are elevated? Had antibiotic the day after I had a CBC test?

Hmm: Unfortunately viruses can cause elevated white blood cells. I would speak to the doctor who prescribed the antibiotics and follow up with them. Good luck.

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Had sperm test. Results showed normal count, motility +morphology. White blood cells were elevated and culture showed Strep. Beta hemolyticus group G?

Had sperm test. Results showed normal count, motility +morphology. White blood cells were elevated and culture showed Strep. Beta hemolyticus group G?

Need to treat: Infection. The results (I presume in your male partner) suggest infection in the genital tract and should be treated. It would be prudent to consult the doctor who ordered the test.

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I was on oral steroid when I had a cbc test taken. It showed elevated red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Could this be from meds?

I was on oral steroid when I had a cbc test taken. It showed elevated red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Could this be from meds?

Absolutely yes: steroids can stimulate the bone marrow to produce more blood cells (all 3 lines of them) so you should not worry that this is something else. Long term (>2-3 weeks) steroids can do the reverse effect and suppress blood cell synthesis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap.

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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