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Elevated White Blood Cells In Spinal Fluid
How many and what: Kind of white cells? Up to five normal lymphocytes per cubic mm is okay, anything more demands investigation. ...Read more
The antibiotic: Choice must be guided by the culture and sensitivity report from the microbiology lab. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
How elevated?: 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, elevated white cells is not a diagnosis. The cause of elevated white cells needs to be treated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be additional tests. ...Read more
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?
Ask the ordering doc: Since there is not enough information presented here to answer accurately. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My son is 19, has abused k2 for 2yrs. He had some blood work done, they told him that he has both elevated red/white blood cells. Is this serious?
Possibly: Although the two are probably not related to his abuse. He needs both psychiatric and medical attention. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I am diabetic taking glipizide, recently went to dr, had a blood count done results elevated red and white blood cells, recently sugar level 60?
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. ...Read more
Does a severe/chronic vaginal yeast infection cause high white blood cells to be elevated? Mine is 12.6
Yes: Yes it definitely canGet a more detailed answer ›
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?
Ms work up: elevated WBC in spinal fluid retested sample but ruled not meningitis. Waited 6mo retap'd, WBC level decreased still present. What is it?
Not surprising: Active ms does have occasional white cell elevation as a consequence of the inflammation, and this merely represents active disease. That said, are you on a potent medication to suppress all of this. Maybe one of the newer oral agents or tysabri (natalizumab). The standard old standby injectables are not going to do this. See your neurologist and get under control. ...Read more
Inadvertently/Experimentally if like all the Pathogens known were injected into the spine. Are they detectable in blood or just spinal fluid? % please
Fantasy question: Homework, right? There's an anatomical barrier that prevents the microbes that produce meningitis (which is what you're talking about, I think) from getting into the blood (sepsis). The meningococcus seems to cross this barrier with ease. Most others don't (for example, a person may have CSF dripping with cryptococcus but none in the blood). ...Read more
Can you tell me what it mean when a newborn has blood around the brain and blood in the spinal fluid?
Circumstance depends: Most common reason for blood in spinal fluid is from the vessels running beneath the spinal canal. These are frequently damaged during the tap, but nothing is wrong with these babies. Blood can also be present from an infection such as herpes, or premature babies can have bleeding in the brain, which can be transferred into the spinal fluid. ...Read more
Had an epidural blood patch, does spinal fluid recover itself?, What happens with the blood that got injected in my dura? Does it all go bac to normal
No: Unless you have a bleeding disorder.Get a more detailed answer ›
Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?
How does a doctor determine whether a patient has more than 20% myeloblasts: is it done by examining spinal fluid or can a blood test easily det
Where?: This is of course the leukemia / myelodysplasia workup. Most often the burning question is whether there's 20% or more in the marrow. If they're in the blood, we already know. Percentage in spinal fluid -- you need spinal fluid. I'm glad you're interested in your workup and I trust you'll have a productive discussion with your physician. Best wishes. ...Read more
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