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My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

Symptoms?: Without knowing why he got his blood counts checked and what those numbers actually are, it is difficult to know what it means. Your white blood cell count can be elevated when you are fighting an infection (either viral or bacterial). The higher red blood cell count (i would be more worried if this were low) could be due to dehydration (among other things). ...Read more

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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


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What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

Infection/dehydratio: White blood cells (WBC) are those cells that help fight off infection. The most common reason for an increase is infection, but could indicate a drug reaction, or even some cancers. High red blood cell (rbc) are the cells that carry oxygen to/carbon dioxide from your bodies tissues. High count could be dehydration, heart disease, or low oxygen levels in blood. A doctor can interpret results. ...Read more

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What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean? Do red cell counts rise during infections?

What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean?  Do red cell counts rise during infections?

Leucocytosis: Elevated white cell count can represent many maladies in many people both male and female and also be normal in certain circumstances-like in labor!it can also be normal for certain people.Yes it does go up in infections -that being the most common condition for leucocytosis.It can also be a red flag for leukemia or other body area cancers.No-red cells do not commonly go up in infections ! ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 deficiency. Sometimes we have a low blood cell count from bleeding or several other disorders. Elevated platelets are called thrombocytosis. Platelets are an acute phase reactant and elevate for several primary and secondary reasons. ...Read more

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I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

D/w your doctor: How is your period? Is it heavy? What is your ferritin? Hemoglobin? You should see your doctor and discuss with your doctor about your blood work result. You are anemic and your serum iron is low. You may have an iron deficiency anemia which is related to your heavy cycle perhaps vs other kind of anemia. Wbc can be elevated in different settings-like bleeding, infection, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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What do both high red and white blood count levels along with low MCH levels and high absolute Neutrophil levels mean on a CBC lab test?

What do both high red and white blood count levels along with low MCH levels and high absolute Neutrophil levels mean on a CBC lab test?

Can't tell: without more information. Discuss this with your physician to interpret how this fits with your symptoms, physical findings, known conditions, etc. Good luck1 ...Read more

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Please tell me what would cause a lower B12 and high red blood count?

Please tell me what would cause a lower B12 and high red blood count?

Wrong approach: Labs mean nothing in isolation. I'm going to assume that you feel well. If you're a vegetarian, a low B12 is a serious warning to reconsider what you're doing to yourself and/or to supplement as vegetarians must. Otherwise, it warns of possible pernicious anemia or other illnesses. A high red count in the absence of high Hgb/Hct often means thalassemia minor. Your physician's your guide. ...Read more

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D Dimer test 550, high red blood count, long term shortness of breath for 5 years. What could be problem?

D Dimer test 550, high red blood count, long term shortness of breath for 5 years.  What could be problem?

Context: Is the d dimer normal or high for the lab? Is there a history of smoking cigarettes, or a history of blood clots or emphysema? Chest pain, coughing up blood? This sounds like lung problems, but could also indicate a blood problem. More clinical info is needed. ...Read more

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Hello my son has low granulocytes and high lymphocytes, plus High red blood count and high pottasium . His IGE is also high. That does this indicate?

Hello my son has low granulocytes and high lymphocytes, plus High red blood count and high pottasium . His IGE is also high. That does this indicate?

May be normal: You did not specify how old your child is. To be able to accurately interprete labs it's important to know age. Low granulocytes and high lymphocytes could mean a virus infection or could be normal, depending on the numbers. A high red blood count could be due to dehydration, especially if it is a fasting blood test. A high potassium could be due to hemolysis of the blood cells. ...Read more