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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. ...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


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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. ...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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How do I treat elevated white blood cells?

How do I treat elevated white blood cells?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are elevated white blood cells in blood test more likely to indicate UTI or bladder cancer?

Are elevated white blood cells in blood test more likely to indicate UTI or bladder cancer?

Uti: By far, white blood cells in the urine or more likely to be due from infection and bladder cancer ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean?

What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean?

Possible infection: Bands are immature forms of neutrophils and are produced by bone marrow in higher numbers most frequently as a response to infection. Remember this is just one isolated point of information and needs to be correlated with the overall clinical scenario. ...Read more

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Inadvertently/Experimentally if like all the Pathogens known were injected into the spine. Are they detectable in blood or just spinal fluid? % please

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

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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

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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

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

Blood patch outcome: The CSF replaces itself about every 8 hours. The blood of the blood patch forms a clot near any hole in the dura, otherwise it is reabsorbed and recycled. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible causes for blood in spinal fluid?

Blood in CSF: Sources include brain subarachnoid hemorrhage, rupture of an arterial venous malformation, intracranial and in the spinal cord, rupture of an aneurysm, intraventricular hemorrhage, trauma to the spinal cord (transection, laceration). ...Read more

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Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Blood patch 2.0: After a blood patch is placed, the blood patch resolves. There is no risk of a blood clot with this procedure. There are no long time risks. The blood patch resolves after the dura heals. This normally takes days or weeks. The CSF replaces itself in a few hours. ...Read more

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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

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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