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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


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What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

Quite a few things: Infection, myeloproliferative disease, chronic leukemias, physiologic stress, medications and heavy smoking to name a few. ...Read more

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My doctor said the white blood cells are attacking the red blood cells what is this?

My doctor said the white blood cells are attacking the red blood cells what is this?

Leukemia: When the white cell become abnormal they reproduce rapply and crowd out the red blood cell ...Read more

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What does it means if your white blood cells are higher than your red blood cells?

What does it means if your white blood cells are higher than your red blood cells?

Stress: The two counts are generally independent of each other but a high white count indicates some type of stressor to the body such as infection, cancer, or inflammation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

Infection: When there are both alot of rbc's and wbc's in the urine it usually indicates a bacterial infection either cystitis, prostatitis, urethritis or pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?

What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?

Too long: There is no way to fit an answer to this question in 400 characters. However, if you go to this website you will find a very complete answer that is very easy to understand:

http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Basics/ ...Read more

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What does this urinalysis results mean? Albumin +1, leukocytes +3, red blood cells 1-2, white blood cells 10-15.

What does this urinalysis results mean? Albumin +1, leukocytes +3, red blood cells 1-2, white blood cells 10-15.

Urine: Albumin shows protein in the urine, leukocytes go with inflammation or infection, plus you have small amount of blood and white blood cells in the urine. All can go with a UTI. Was there nitrites in urine? Hopefully, they sent out a urine culture to check for infection. Follow up with your doc. ...Read more

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If I have low white blood cells, red blood cells, hemoglobin and hematocrit does that mean I have leukemia?

If you have: Low white blood cell count (leukopenia) and red blood cell count (anemia), that is 2 of the 3 main components of your blood cells (the other being platelet). If this persists, you will need to ask your healthcare provider to send you to a hematologist (blood specialist) to verify the results and proper workup to explain these results. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Epithelial cells and mucus present in urine, normal red blood cells and white blood cells in urine. No symptoms, possible causes?

Epithelial cells and mucus present in urine, normal red blood cells and white blood cells in urine. No symptoms, possible causes?

Need more info: How many red cells and how many white cells? Who asked for the test and why? Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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What is the yellow liquid in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended?

What is the yellow liquid in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended?

Plasma: If the blood is allowed to clot (thereby removing the clotting factors) before isolating this fluid, then it is called serum instead of plasma. ...Read more

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What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?

What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?

Inflammation: Macrocytes are white blood cells too. Also depends how high they are. Very mild elevation like 10-13 for WBC and 400-450 for platelets could be lab variations too. If mild to moderate suggests inflammation which can be from infection, autoimmune disorders. If very high, blood disorders are a concern. Whomever ordered the test should follow up with u. ...Read more

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I went to the lab & results are: white blood cells: 6.79 10e3/ul red blood cells: 5.47 10e6/ul. Mcv: 78.9 fl mch: 26.3 pg. Rdw: 10.9% why is this low?

I went to the lab & results are: white blood cells: 6.79 10e3/ul red blood cells: 5.47 10e6/ul. Mcv: 78.9 fl mch: 26.3 pg. Rdw: 10.9% why is this low?

Many answers: One would want the hemoglobin and hematocrit levels to more accurately answer your question. The MCV above is borderline low based on a usual normal range that starts about 80. Low iron levels are the most common cause for a low mcv. I would have the complete blood count repeated before being overly worried about the above listed values. ...Read more

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I was on oral steroid when I had a cbc test taken. It showed elevated red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Could this be from meds?

I was on oral steroid when I had a cbc test taken. It showed elevated red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Could this be from meds?

Absolutely yes: steroids can stimulate the bone marrow to produce more blood cells (all 3 lines of them) so you should not worry that this is something else. Long term (>2-3 weeks) steroids can do the reverse effect and suppress blood cell synthesis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have more white blood cells than red blood cells. Do I have HIV/aids. I also have very low iron especially when I'm on my period?

I have more white blood cells than red blood cells. Do I have HIV/aids. I also have very low iron especially when I'm on my period?

Anemia?: You apparently misunderstood your doctor. It is impossible for the WBC count to be higher than RBC. However, it sounds like you might be anemic (low RBC) due to iron deficiency. This usually is easy to diagnose and treat. None of this particularly suggests HIV or AIDS, but of course get tested if you have been at risk. Clarify all this with your doctor and follow her or his advice. ...Read more

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Red blood cells-5.9, hematocrit- 55%, hemaglobin-18.0, esr-2, ldh-199, white blood cells- 9.0 (high neutrophils) & platlets-285, 000 polycythemia vera?

Red blood cells-5.9, hematocrit- 55%, hemaglobin-18.0, esr-2, ldh-199, white blood cells- 9.0 (high neutrophils) & platlets-285, 000 polycythemia vera?

Can't tell. Need w/u: Normal range will vary -depending on the range used on each lab. On my lab, hb of 18 is still normal for male. Your white blood cell and platelet are also within normal range. I don't see any problem there-except you said you have high neutrophils- which can be caused by many things. However, if you are worried about p.Vera- go to see a hematologist and she/he will be able to help you. ...Read more

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My daughter had a urine done recently due to UTI symptoms it showed 93 WBC 1198 red blood cells no nitrates cultures grew ecoli possible causes?

My daughter had a urine done recently due to UTI symptoms it showed 93 WBC 1198 red blood cells no nitrates cultures grew ecoli possible causes?

See below: The most common cause of utis is e. Coli. The e. Coli comes from the intestinal tract. Some times girls wipe the wrong way. Also, children, do not always have nitrates in their urine, when they have a uti. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with UTI, UA WBC 1605- Many clumps also protein and red blood cells. Started ON keflex yesterday I feel worse more pain no Dr call back yet?

Diagnosed with UTI, UA WBC 1605- Many clumps also protein and red blood cells. Started ON keflex yesterday I feel worse more pain no Dr call back yet?

48 hours: It usually takes forty-eight hours for antibiotics to reach therapeutic levels. Getting a bit worse can be common. If the symptoms are intolerable then please go to the ER. If you can make it another day you may feel better tomorrow. ...Read more

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Diagnosed (extreme low RBC / extra large white blood cells)vit d defi., white matter dis, sm vessel brain dis, BP aver.178/92.With no dia. Cause help?

Diagnosed (extreme low RBC / extra large white blood cells)vit d defi., white matter dis, sm vessel brain dis, BP aver.178/92.With no dia. Cause help?

High BP consquences?: You need to see a physician (p) about your anemia and WBC problems as well as controlling your hypertension. Your vit. D deficiency and anemia could be due to some chronic kidney disease, perhaps due to your high bp. Your small vessel and white matter diseases could be due, once again, to your high bp. See a p to get started on therapy and have some blood work sent off for a diagnosis and a cure. ...Read more

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Hi, I saw a nutritionist who took a blood sample & magnified it. It appeared to show the white blood cells eating the red ones?

Real doctor: You need to talk to a qualified healthcare professional. Nutritionists are not trained to evaluate a blood smear. What you describe doesn't normally happen. ...Read more

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What part (s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

What part (s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usually it is because of increased thickness of blood (viscosity). ...Read more

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What rebuilds red blood cells?

Erythropoietin: Erythropoietin stimulates the production of red blood cells. There are many conditions that can cause erythropoietin levels to increase or it may be given as a medicine. ...Read more