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High Monocyte In Newborns
It is not specific.: Increased monocytes may be caused by many different disorders. The most common causes are infection and recovery from neutropenia (low neutrophils in the blood). Other causes include collagen vascular diseases, ulcerative colitis, sprue, sarcoidosis and hematologic diseases. ...Read more
Type of white cell: Monocytes are one of the principal type of white blood cell. In tissues they mature into macrophages and histiocytes, cells that eat up dead tissue, eat up pathogenic organisms, and have important roles otherwise in presenting antigens to lymphocytes. High monocyte counts likely indicate certain viral infections, such as mononucleosis, or other conditions with immune reactions. ...Read more
About 1000: A monocyte count of 950/μl is regarded as at the upper limit of normal. However a count higher than that does not necessarily mean a disease state. ...Read more
Viral infection: Is a good possibility.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had one high monocyte reading but my monocyte absolutes were normal. Is this anything to be concerned about?
Lots of things!: Realize that the "count" of different types of wbc's (white blood cells) is based on a total of 100. So anything that shifts one way or the other affects everything else. For instance - if you have a bacterial infection and your neutrophils are high (80) - everything else will be "low". Basophils of 6 is a minor elevation. But....In general - inflammation, increased estrogen, asthma, sinusitis. ...Read more
Big picture: Low hemoglobin always requires a workup. It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary item like thal minor to something serious. Ignore the percentage counts of different white cells; if the absolute monocyte count is more than 1000 (assuming all normally-formed), it might point to something but only if there are other symptoms / signs. ...Read more
Monocyte %high, abs mc low, how does that work? I understand the dif concepts, but that doesn't make sense, can someone explain?
Total WBCs low: Let say that your total white blood cell count was quite low, but of those few cells present, most of them are monocytes, thus the % of monocytes of the total wbcs would be high. However, since you don't have many wbcs to begin with, your absolute monocyte number would be abnormally low (a high % of a really low number is still too low). ...Read more
Nothing: I often wish labs wouldn't even report the percentages. An absolute monocyte count over 600 will raise eyebrows if there's any suspicion of tb, sarcoid, deep fungal infection -- but it's only one tiny clue. The counts and percentages fluctuate wildly from day to day and even hour to hour. Ignore it -- you're not just a bunch of numbers -- and ask, "how do I feel? ". ...Read more
Depends: This depends upon what is abnormal. If the percentages of lymphs are low and monos high, it is likely that some stress has caused an increase of cortisol level, driving both of these changes. If the absolute levels of these cell types are abnormal, there could be a more serious infection or a bone marrow disorder that requires further investigation. ...Read more
Need to see all the: Results. How high is the count? What does the blood smear look like? A mild elevation of monocytes probably is not indication of any disease. Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and your doctor is in the best position to do that. ...Read more
Lots of reasons: There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...Read more
Relative v.absolute?: The percentages can be misleading. One must really look at the absolute amounts of both. Depending on the circumstances, a true absolute neutrophilia may be caused by a list of conditions too long to list here. In most cases, the low monocyte count is due to the relative expansion of neutrophils (infections, smoking, trauma, autoimmune conditions, even some cancers). Your md should be able to help. ...Read more
Nothing: Reference ranges are set up so that several percent of healthy folks have values outside at either end. If you are obviously sick, this high absolute monocyte count might steer your physician toward one of the granulomatous diseases, or they may be activated lymphocytes from a mild viral illness that were miscounted as monocytes. Don't fret over minor lab anomalies. ...Read more
Abnormal test result: In general, we know that any lab test has a "normal range", but that the results can change from day to day, or hour to hour. If you feel fine (no fevers, night sweats, unexplained weight loss) and the test was just done as a routine, then don't worry. It will likely be normal next time it is tested. If the test remains abnormal, the doctor will look into it further and run more tests. ...Read more
My monocyte level on last blood test had a value of 1.0 and was flagged as high. Should I be worried?
I just got results from a CBC with auto differential which indicated a high monocyte percentage of 13.5. Should I be concerned?
How high?: These are the absolute numbers. They mean nothing if the person isn't clinically sick or the numbers aren't way above the reference range (which is set so that several percent of folks fall outside at either end.) they are simply a clue to courses for the workup suggested by symptoms -- for example, night sweats plus very high monocytes whispers "tb", high eos whispers "hodgkin's". ...Read more
Follow up: My own MCV runs a bit low perhaps because I may carry a alpha-thal gene or two. If your daughter is borderline iron-deficient or has beta-thal minor (the two most likely possibilities), her pediatrician can tell you; both are worth knowing. I would draw no conclusion from a high monocyte absolute count or percentage. Thanks for asking. ...Read more
Infection: Elevated WBC count is usually a response to an infection. The elevated monocytes may mean that you have a chronic infection or an autoimmune condition. You are taking methylprednisolone which is also used to treat the symptoms of an autoimmune condition so the elevated monocytes may be due to the condition that you are taken that med for. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Yes most likely!: If there are no symptoms at all this is unlikely to suggest something serious ...Read more
Monocytes - How high? Slight elevation is not meaningful. You should discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test.
Pneumonia- It depends on the cause of pneumonia, underlying lung disease, immune status and treatment given. Under favorable circumstances a person should recover in less than a week.
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My 7 year old son had bloodwork done two weeks ago and his monocyte levels were high. Could this be from undiagnosed mono?
Maybe: Monocytes are best known in the general public as elevated during "mono", but mono is a viral illness and monocytes can be up in several different ones. It is not specific to that diagnosis. There are more specific only mono tests that can be done on blood, but are not usually ordered unless that is suspected. ...Read more
Yes in some blood ca: Only in some of the blood cancers (leukemias). But there would be some accompanying other blood abnormalities like low hemoglobin or low platelet counts. Your doctor can explain it better if you ask. ...Read more