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Leukemia High White Blood Cell Count
A malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more
Not high at all: Leukemia is a word that means "white blood". Originally leukemia was recognized when the white blood count was very high. However, as we develop a better understanding, we know that leukemia can be associated with a very low, normal, or high white blood cell count. What is important is the process going on in the bone marrow. ...Read more
White blood cell count 16.95 at week 39 preg appt. Doc casually mentioned leukemia. Any other ideas? Second child, first there was no elevated levels
Confusing data: In most circles a white blood count of 16.95 would mean 16, 950 cells per microliter with a expected range of 4500-10, 000.Pregnancy is known to cause an elevation of the WBC level. If the count were above 100, 000 I would consider that a possibility & rarely it could be at a lower level. Why the diagnosis was even brought up in that setting is confusing. I suspect the doc has some explaining to do. ...Read more
If you had normal white blood cell count & all other normal bloodwork several months ago is it possible you could have leukemia anyway?
Ref. Range 4.0-11.0. My white blood cell count was 11.8. How likely is leukemia? I had a sinus infection and abd rash at the time.
52yr f, suspected acute leukemia, white blood cell count 25.0, bruising, fatigue, to receive blood transfusions. How serious is this? Is this fatal in adults
Various types: Some types of acute adult leukemia respond better to treatment than others. Your hematologist/oncologist is best qualified to advise, treat and follow you. ...Read more
If you have a CBC with differential and the only thing abnormal is the high white blood cell count can you dismiss luekemia for the most part?
My 13 yr old daughter got a white blood cell count of 3.6 come in yesterday and her uncle passed away at 18 with luekemia Should we go do more tests n?
The WBC count alone: Doesn't give us enough information to give you the proper answer to this. When the WBC count was done, there should have been what's called a differential, which is important for that type of diagnosis. Would also need to know more about her health and why the labwork was done. Please recontact one of us through HealthTap Prime, where we can do a better consult...and discuss with her doctor. ...Read more
Usually bacterial: It's usually a bacterial illness that causes the symptoms you describe. But this can include anything form sinus infections, tonsillitis, ear infections, pneumonia, infection in the blood, urinary tract infections, appendicitis, meningitis, skin abcesses... The list goes on and on. You need a thorough assessment of associated symptoms and a physical exam to try and pinpoint your condition. ...Read more
Not directly: However, certain diseases that cause a high white count can also cause fatigue. ...Read more
WBCs in urine: WBC's in the urine are commonly associated with infection or inflammation of the urinary tract. Urine infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and kindey stones are common causes. Inflammation of the bladder wall (cystitis) is also common. Less common causes are things like nephrotic syndromes and allergic interstitial nephritis. ...Read more
What is the count: And what is the differential count? Slightly elevated may be your normal. It would be good to talk to the doctor who ordered the test as s/he has your whole health history and lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...Read more
What are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.
How high is your white cell count? What if any symptoms do you have? Do you have fever? Have you had unintended weight loss? If answer to all of these is no, you may not have any disorder. If you have symptoms, it would be prudent to see a doctor.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
HIGH WBC >10.5k: A normal white blood count (WBC) is in the range: 4k--10.5k (4000-10, 500) in most labs around the country. So any WBC >10.5k is elevated. I see elevated wbc's all the time, so I recommend following it closely (perhaps rechecking in 1 month with 'a differential'). If you have symptoms of a blood disorder you may need further testing, now. ...Read more
See details: High white counts are be secondary to infection, certain drugs, diseases of the bone marrow, diseases of the immune system and even cigarette smoking. ...Read more
Nothing "happens" as a result of a high white count. The number of white blood cells on a typical blood smear is used as a tool to help diagnose many different medical problems. Generally white blood cells increase in response to an infection or physical stress. There are several types of white blood cell and
analyzing the percentage of each in the white cell count gives clues to the cause. ...Read more
Depends on reason: High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection. Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom. ...Read more
Elevated numbers: This result may (eg bacterial) or may not (eg stress response) suggest an infection since there is no clinical context. For example, a vomiting episode or initiation of a steroid medication can temporarily increase your white blood cell count - but that doesn't mean you have an infection. Try rephrasing the question with symptoms included in it. ...Read more
Yes: Forgive my frankness. A significantly elevated white count and symptoms lasting a month, without anything from a physician as to what's going on, should prompt you to seek a different physician with whom you have better rapport. Vague complaints and leukocytosis could be bacterial endocarditis, tuberculosis, or any of several other illnesses that must be diagnosed without delay. ...Read more
Yes: Infection in the kidney can cause elevated white cell count. ...Read more
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