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Dr. Michael Engel
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Wbc Count (Definition)

White blood cell count. That is, the number of WBC per microlitre of blood. It includes the common types of cells such as neutophils (granulocytes), lymhpocytes, monocytes, and the less ...Read more


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What does low WBC count, high lymphocyte count and low neutrophil count indicate?

What does low WBC count, high lymphocyte count and low neutrophil count indicate?

Need more info.: It would be useful to know the actual values and also the levels of other blood components. It would be preferably to discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the test as s/he has more info on your health and lab tests need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...Read more

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High lymph count low eos count?

High lymph count low eos count?

Need some: Hard numbers. A high lymph percentage may not mean anything depending on the total white blood count. Not uncommon to see no eos on a 100 cell differential. ...Read more

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I have high platelets, low MPV, low lymphocyte percentage, low MCH, high segmented neutrophils, high atypical lympcytes, high reticulocyte count?

I have high platelets, low MPV, low lymphocyte percentage, low MCH, high segmented neutrophils, high atypical lympcytes, high reticulocyte count?

Any symptoms?: Why did you have these tests done? 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, it would have helped to have the actual values rather than your interpretation of high and low. It would prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Pediatric cancer? low RBC, low WBC, low platelets, low IGM, high MCV, low neutrophils, low monocytes and low eosinophils, occasional myelocytes,

Pediatric cancer? low RBC, low WBC, low platelets, low IGM, high MCV, low neutrophils, low monocytes and low eosinophils, occasional myelocytes,

Tough set of labs: Suppression of multiple cell lines certainly is a concerning finding on a CBC. Yes, there are pediatric cancers that may present with this type of blood test results. Talking to your heme/onc specialist as soon as possible would be advisable! But don't jump to conclusions because a specialist with the "whole picture" may give you a very surprising answer! ...Read more

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What can low WBC count, low esophils, low lymphocytes, low neutrophils mean?

Actual results: It would help to know the actual values. All lab 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. ...Read more

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Frequent infections (fortnightly fever), high WBC(16.2), normal lymphocytes(2.3), high granulocytes(13.100), high haemoglobin(17.30), normal platelets?

Frequent infections (fortnightly fever), high WBC(16.2), normal lymphocytes(2.3), high granulocytes(13.100), high haemoglobin(17.30), normal platelets?

Find the cause of in: You need to have your doctor check you in order to find the cause of Infections. It is not normal to have infections so frequently as you have indicated. In the meantime, get adequate sleep/rest at night and eat healthy foods(more of fruits and veggies and less meats) and find sometime to exercise regularly. That will give you a stronger and healthier Body. ...Read more

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High white count low bilirubin low CPK high alt?

High white count low bilirubin low CPK high alt?

It depends: There are dozens of reasons for any one blood test to be above or below the normal value. Blood test need to be interpreted in light of the patients symptoms and physical examination findings. If unsure why a blood test falls outside of the normal range ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Low platelet count dangerous?

Low platelet count dangerous?

Depends: Depends on how low of your platelet. nl 150 -450,000. If ...Read more

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What does it mean if i have high wbc count, high segmented neutrophils, low lymphocytes, high neutrophils, low lymphocytes, high monocytes?

What does it mean if i have high wbc count, high segmented neutrophils, low lymphocytes, high neutrophils, low lymphocytes, high monocytes?

Nothing by itself: I'm a pathologist with a life devoted to lab testing and the mysteries of diagnosis. These results mean nothing apart from a human being and her health history & physical exam. These could be my labs after my first open-water swim of the season while it's still chilly. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside. How do you FEEL? I suggest you relax & ignore this. ...Read more

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What does low WBC count, low esophils, low lymphocytes, and low neutrophils mean?

What does low WBC count, low esophils, low lymphocytes, and low neutrophils mean?

Need to investigate: Low white blood cell count can be due to many reasons, none of those is good, and the patient needs to be investigated to determine the cause. Some may be as simple as vitamin deficiency others are as sever as bone marrow failure. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Low CPK high white count low bilirubin and ALT high monocytes high neutrophils and low lymphocytes should I be concerned?

Low CPK high white count low bilirubin and ALT high monocytes high neutrophils and low lymphocytes should I be concerned?

Need more info: 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. Do you have any symptoms? Why were these tests done? The issue may not be appropriate for this forum and likely requires an in-person evaluation. ...Read more

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High wbc, low hematocrit, low mcv, low mch, high platelet count, low lymphocytes and monocytes - what does this all mean?

High wbc, low hematocrit, low mcv, low mch, high platelet count, low lymphocytes and monocytes - what does this all mean?

Hard to say...: It sounds like it may be an infection but it's impossible to say without more information including if you have any other signs or symptoms. It is also important to know the numbers: how high is that wbc, for example. The best way to go for you is to discuss it with you doctor directly. ...Read more

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High platelet count, low hematocrit/hemoglobin means?

High platelet count, low hematocrit/hemoglobin means?

First...: Consider iron deficiency. This often produces this combination. Unless you are a woman with very heavy periods, or a vegetarian who's not supplementing or savvy about the difficult task of getting enough dietary iron, look for how you might be losing blood. ...Read more

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What does a high RDW count 15.9, high WBC count 11.3, high neutrophil count 73.0, low lymphocyte count 20.3 mean or possibly indicate?

What does a high RDW count 15.9, high WBC count 11.3, high neutrophil count 73.0, low lymphocyte count 20.3 mean or possibly indicate?

Nothing by itself: I've had my RDW that high just from frequent blood donations. Your absolute neutrophil count is probably high -- did you have a recent infection? A recent cold shower? As a lab specialist, i'm always reminding folks that the numbers by themselves mean nothing except in the context of the history and physical exam. If you feel well and the white cells aren't described as abnormal, don't worry. ...Read more

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Low haemoglobin with high platelet count?

Low haemoglobin with high platelet count?

How high?: And how low? Iron deficiency anemia can be associated with an elevation in platelets. Many other possibilities. Need the clinical context. ...Read more

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Low white blood count be low but lymphocytes high?

Low white blood count be low but lymphocytes high?

Calculate absolute #: It is not the percentages of blood cells that determine if they are high or low, but, rather the absolute count. For example, if your total white blood cell count is 3000 and the lymphocytes are 60%, the total lymphocytes are 1800, which s normal. ...Read more

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Low platelet count normal white cell count?

Low platelet count normal white cell count?

Thrombocytopenia: Several possible causes for low platelet count. You need to have an examination and discuss it with your doctor. It could be related to infections, bone marrow problem, spleen enlargement, autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Anemic with low neutrophils, high RDW and lymphs?

Anemic with low neutrophils, high RDW and lymphs?

Anemia with: High RDW can be iron deficiency. How recently have you had chemo for breast cancer? Many patients after chemotherapy run a low ish WBC with relative neutropenia. ...Read more

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What do low platelet levels mean? Platelet level of 116 low wbc 3.6 low lymphs 61% high neutrophils 22% low neutrophils (absolute) low

What do low platelet levels mean?
Platelet level of 116   low
wbc 3.6     low
lymphs 61%   high
neutrophils 22%   low
neutrophils (absolute) low

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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What do you do for a high WBC count?

Seek doctor advice: High WBC count should be interpreted considering the clinical condition. The degree of elevated count, the progression of the elevation and the particular type of WBC predominatly elevated are some of the elements that lead to particular diagnosis. Most common cause is infection, others are non-infection inflammatory syndromes, use of corticosteroids, blood disorders and hormonal conditions. ...Read more

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I always have and elevated high wbc count?

I always have and elevated high wbc count?

Question?: If your question is why then there is woefully inadequate information to provide any insight. See your doctor or a hematologist for further assessment. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a high WBC count of 20000 then back down to 12000. Is this normal?

No: They are not normal. Speak with your doctor and ask about possible causes. If the WBC remains high consider a consultation with a hematologist. It does appear to be resolving so you may just want to repeat the count again in a month before considering other options. ...Read more

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I've had high WBC count for over a year.It started at 13, 000, then 15, 000, 29, 000 then dropped back to 13000.Now it is back to 20, 000.

Not totally sure: Those are high WBC values for a healthy young woman. You don't mention if you have any other health problems or symptoms that might provide a clue. You also don't mention what type(s) of wbcs are elevated; this could also provide a clue as to the cause. Someone must be ordering these blood tests; what are they telling you? If you're not satisfied with the answer, request a second opinion. ...Read more

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Why newbirn baby have high WBC count than adult?

Why newbirn baby have high WBC count than adult?

Normally: Newborns have significantly higher white counts in the immediate newborn period. Probably because of the Epinephrine effect associated with the stress of delivery. This is a normal response. ...Read more

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What could cause a high WBC count in a 3-month-old?

Stress/infection: The WBC can double in a reaction to stress at any age as circulating stress cortisol causes wbc's to enter the circulation from their resting sites.The typical cause is some infectious trigger & both viral & bacterial infections can cause a similar increase. After time passes the profile of the wbc's (neutrophils/lymphs/monocytes) can suggest a likely agent. ...Read more

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I take lithium for 4 months. Now have high WBC count. Should lithium be blamed and it discontinued or other testing in order? Thanks

I take lithium for 4 months.  Now have high WBC count.  Should lithium be blamed and it discontinued or other testing in order? Thanks

This is a well-known: Effect of lithium. Your doctor should be able to tell you this. Here is one of many scientific papers that describe this lithium effect: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2571901 also, in most cases, there is no reason to stop lithium because of high WBC count. ...Read more

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High WBC count and left nuetrophill shift. My WBC count was 15.7 and nuetrophill count was 12403. I fasted for bloodwork. Problem? Feel ok

High WBC count and left nuetrophill shift. My WBC count was 15.7 and nuetrophill count was 12403. I fasted for bloodwork. Problem? Feel ok

The most common: Reasons for a neutrophilic leukocytosis would be bacterial infection or stress of some other illness. Also seen in heavy smokers and with some meds. If you are ok then a follow-up in 6-8 weeks would be fine. Fasting does not have an effect on the cbc. ...Read more

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Does lupus cause high WBC count?

No.: In fact a low lyphocytes count heralds an increase in lupus activity, and neutropenia is common in sle! a high white count means inflammation usually infectious. Steroids like Prednisone will elevate it. Smoking will, as well. ...Read more

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Do leukaemia patients have high wbc count or low wbc count?

Do leukaemia patients have high wbc count or low wbc count?

Usually: Leukemia is by definition a primary tumor of the blood-forming elements. If the cancer remains confined to the bone marrow, and the abnormal cells do not enter the blood ("aleukemic"), then the white count is often low because healthy cells are crowded out of the marrow. If the abnormal cells do spill over, the count is often high. The key is often that the cells look abnormal. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high WBC count, chronic infections, pnuemonias?

What to do if I have high WBC count, chronic infections, pnuemonias?

Find the cause: A lung specialist can work you up. At age 39, if you've had two episodes of unexplained pneumonia, you need to be checked for mild immunodeficiency and for adult cystic fibrosis. This is just the start. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a high WBC count because of dental issues. How do I lower it?

I have a high WBC count because of dental issues. How do I lower it?

Oral-Systemic link: The connection between dental problem and health problems is well known and studied. See your dentist who will perform thorough examinations and take radiographs (x-rays) & will formulate a treatment plan to specifically help you. ...Read more

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High WBC count, chronic infections, and pnuemonias. What's wrong with me?

High WBC count, chronic infections, and pnuemonias. What's wrong with me?

Need a workup: We can't settle this here. It may be something as straightforward as a problem with neutrophils adhering to endothelium, or adult-onset cystic fibrosis, or any of a few dozen other things I can think of. HealthTap isn't the place to sort it out, but there's an answer and it's your right to pursue a workup with a competent physician, even in our dysfunctional health care system. ...Read more

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Is a high WBC count attributed to lupus in any case? I understand they are typically low.

Is a high WBC count attributed to lupus in any case? I understand they are typically low.

No: If one has lupus and a high white count it is usually due to infection or use of prednisone. It is not related to uncomplicated lupus. ...Read more

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They say my diagnosis is thrombocytosis and leukocytosis because of a high WBC count. What can I do?

Not diagnosis: Thrombocytosis (elevated platelet count) and leukocytosis (elevated white blood cell count) are not diagnosis but laboratory findings. They can be associated with many different diagnoses as well as reactive changes (normal response of the body). Your primary physician can do the initial workup and if explanation not clear a hematologist should be consulted. ...Read more

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What can cause a high WBC count for 8 mnths? Last week I had bloodwork done again & now both wbc's & rbc's are high.

How high?: Labs mean nothing in isolation. High WBC's are concerning only when ti's way above reference range and/or there are bizarre cells among the healthy ones. Your physician is your best guide. Many people just run WBC's a bit higher than other folks and we never find why. You also know that reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have always had a high wbc count like11-12 and then one day it is 16 with no signs of feeling sick. could this be a leukemia.

Could be, or: Could be not, other causes for increased WBC count include infections, drug effects, stress or inflammatory disorders. Clinical context is important too, the counts are high, no doubt, but have to be put in perspective, why are you checking those counts in the first place? You need to follow up with your doctor who may refer you to a hematologist, best wishes ...Read more

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Can recurrent boils/furnaces cause recurrent high WBC count? All 7 labs I have had over 3 years have shown a high WBC. Range from 10 to 20 each test.

Can recurrent boils/furnaces cause recurrent high WBC count? All 7 labs I have had over 3 years have shown a high WBC. Range from 10 to 20 each test.

Depends: If the white blood cell count is performed while you have a significant skin/ soft tissue infection, the WBC's may be elevated, but I am not sure that would explain a WBC count in the range of 20,000. Best to have complete blood count (CBC) done when there is no obvious infection. If elevated, would see a hematologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have uveitis the second time, on 40mg wyselone with 25000 leucocyte count since 2 months, what are causes of high WBC count?Weakness n feverishness

3 main causes: Uveitis, especially recurrent Uveitis with no injury to the eye or infection in the eye is usually due to autoimmune disease, cancer, or a chronic infection in your system. This should be evaluated by a doctor familiar with these problems. This usually means a rheumatologist ...Read more

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High WBC count on immunosuppression could it mean cancer?

High WBC count on immunosuppression could it mean cancer?

Not really: High white blood cells after transplant could be from possible use of steroids which might be given to prevent infection. But you should consult with your doctor or a hematologist to make sure the high number is not from an infection because of the immune suppressive medication you are on or malignancy. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more