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Is it true that a white blood cell count can show you have brain swelling?

Is it true that a white blood cell count can show you have brain swelling?

Not specific: White blood cell counts are an indication of infection. Brain infection can cause this, but i would assume a cluster of other symptoms that are significant would make one look to the central nervous system, rather than a WBC count. Medical attention is required for a proper differential diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Could a white blood cell count tell if you have brain swelling?

Could a white blood cell count tell if you have brain swelling?

No: A history and physical exam, perhaps with imaging studies, is what you need to rule it in or out. Do you have bad headaches? Sick to your stomach? ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

  My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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Im having extreme pain in my lower and middle spine, kidney tenderness, low grade fever and a white blood cell count of 18,000 raising by the day. MRI shows negative. Pain gets worse by the day?

Go top the ER: You may have an infection in the kidney (pyelonephritis) which can be very dangerous. The high WBC count with fever and flank pain point to that illness. IV antibiotics will be needed if the problem is confirmed. Go the emergency room for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer cells can replace the normal cells of the bone marrow. The normal cells produce mature circulating blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets). If they are compromised, so are their products. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my recent blood test results show that I have a high platelet and white blood cell count?

What does it mean if my recent blood test results show that I have a high platelet and white blood cell count?

See a doctor: This can be one of several things. If you are otherwise completely healthy, it may indicate a bone marrow disease called polycythemia vera. If you have medical conditions or are on certain medications, it can indicate inflammation or infection. Please see your doctor or a hematologist to help sort this out. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your white blood cell count not show signs of infection?

Is it possible for your white blood cell count not show signs of infection?

Certainly.: Mild and even moderate infections can have little effect on the white blood count. More severe infections may change the white blood cell count. Sometimes, even mild changes in the white blood cells may not be detected by the automated blood count machines, but can be recognized by pathologists. ...Read more

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Hi docs, will your white blood cell count not show signs of infection?

Hi docs, will your white blood cell count not show signs of infection?

It may or may not: There are a variety of different types of infection. The white count (total, and counts of individual types) may or may not become high or low in response to particular infections. The whole business is enormously complicated, and labs are only one piece of information used in arriving at diagnosis. ...Read more

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I got lab results back that show my monocytes were low (3.5), my neutrophils are 7.5 and my white blood cell count was 11. What could this mean?

I got lab results back that show my monocytes were low (3.5), my neutrophils are 7.5 and my white blood cell count was 11. What could this mean?

Likely normal: Without any context as to why the labs were drawn, can only comment that there is some variability in the relative levels of specific white blood cells from lab draw to lab draw. In the context of certain symptoms, the lab could be meaningful/helpful, but I would expect the monocytes to be stable or within the "normal range" the next time this is checked. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count shows 11.32 10^3/ul Is that normal? If not what is the cause

My white blood cell count shows 11.32
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Could be anything: How do you FEEL? Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. This is worrisome if, and only if, you feel sick or there are abnormally-shaped white cells. After a cold swim, the white count may rise as high as 20,000. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Test show that my wife has debris in her bladder and her white blood cell count is high. How serious of a concern is this?

Test show that my wife has debris in her bladder and her white blood cell count is high. How serious of a concern is this?

Not Serious: Debris in the bladder and high white blood cell count, presumably in the urine test, is consistent with a bladder infection. She should have a urine culture and be considered for treatment ...Read more

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Recent blood test shows I have a low white blood cell count. All other indicators are normal. What causes this and what do I do to fix it. 45yr, 85kg?

Recent blood test shows I have a low white blood cell count. All other indicators are normal. What causes this and what do I do to fix it. 45yr, 85kg?

Recheck WBC NO Fixes: I see this all the time in my practice= low WBC (white blood count). It may be normal if you have no other signs/symptoms. What is important is the trend--is your WBC count dropping over time? So my initial advice is to re-check in 1 month (with a WBC differential). Referral to a hematologist is needed if: WBC continues to drop, 'abnormal cells' on differential, low red cells or platelets. ...Read more

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Routine FBC shows low white blood cell count (3.9 10*9/L) and neutrophil count (1.4). Everything else normal. Doctor not worried. What can cause this?

Routine FBC shows low white blood cell count (3.9 10*9/L) and neutrophil count (1.4). Everything else normal. Doctor not worried. What can cause this?

Just being alive: There's enormous variation in white blood cell counts from routine blood tests. Just being alive causes 3900 WBCs and 1400 neutrophils, meaning lots of people have these numbers. Numbers are just numbers. So, without the whole story, nothing interesting can be said or concluded about these two numbers. ...Read more

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What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count? Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

See below: 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 results. Why were the tests done? What symptoms do you have? It would require taking history, physical examination and may be more tests to settle the issue. Please see your doc. ...Read more

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What on a CBC could show possible hiv infections?? A raised white blood cell count?? Just indicators that maybe it's present

What on a CBC could show possible hiv infections?? A raised white blood cell count?? Just indicators that maybe it's present

Not reliable: CBC is not a reliable test for HIV. Many viral infections can produce the same picture as may be seen in acute HIV. If you have any concerns, get tested and if negative, repeat the test in 6 months. 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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My Lab results show low white blood cell count & liver enzymes over 1000. Found out I have enlarged spleen and Cholecystitis. What could be the cause?

My Lab results show low white blood cell count & liver enzymes over 1000. Found out I have enlarged spleen and Cholecystitis. What could be the cause?

Liver disease: Cholesystitis doesn't usually cause a low white count, enlarged spleen and severe elevation of liver enzymes. Chronic hepatitis is suggested. It could be viral or autoimmune. A gastroenterologist should be involved in your care, and an abdominal surgeon should be consulted about the inflammation of the gall bladder which may be chronic rather than acute. ...Read more

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How much does a white blood cell count fluctuate in a day?

Normally, not much: Unless you are exposed to agents that lower white count (high dose radiation, chemotherapeutic agents, some poisons) or become infected rapidly (which increases white count) generally the white blood cell count is a value that does not fluctuate that much over the course of a 24 hour period. As an example, if you acquire a very rapidly progressing community-acquired pneumonia, WBC does go up fast. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Brain Swelling (Definition)

Swelling of the brain may be caused by excess fluid, ...Read more


White Blood Cell (Definition)

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