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Small White Blood Cells
Can't get my small uterine polyp removed until mid-end2018.If I had my polyp for a few mths or longer would my white blood cells be high if cancer?
A small polyp, with or without cancer would not materially affect your white cell count. Infection of the polyp, or if the poly is blocking the cervical canal, infection of the tissue behind the blockage is a more likely explanation for elevated WBC count.
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Fight infections: White blood cells are the cells in our body that fight infections. There are five types of white blood cells: lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. Each plays a specific role in the defense mechanisms of the human body. ...Read more
Low WBC: It could either mean your body is producing less or your body is using up more, it isusually the first one though. You should see your doctor asap if you suspect this. It should not be ignored as it could be serious. ...Read more
A bit high: White blood cells roll along the sides of the blood vessels and release into the bloodstream if inflammatory signals occur (infection, injury, autoimmune disease, etc). It is usually transient and returns to normal as the inflammatory environment becomes quenched. The count usually must be higher and persist for longer (and is associated with telltale symptoms) before considering cancer or other ...Read more
How elevated?: 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, elevated white cells is not a diagnosis. The cause of elevated white cells needs to be treated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be additional tests. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: There is no need to treat a lab value. If you feel well and there are no abnormal cells, it is almost never a problem to have a moderately elevated white count. If real disease has been diagnosed, manage the disease using the lab as one parameter. ...Read more
White blood cells will die if exposed to air.
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Too many White cells: It is not bad. But it is abnormal. And you doctor will have to work with you to figure this situation out. An elevated white blood cell count commonly is evidence of a bacterial infection. There are some other more concerning possibilities but they should be ruled in or ruled out with further testing. ...Read more
Different times: It depends on the type of WBC as there are several kinds that do different things. Neutrophils live 6 hours–few days, eosinophils8–12 days, basophils hours to days, lymphocytes years, and monocytes hours to days. Depends on what is going on at the time they are needed. ...Read more
WBC role: Wbcs usually are the soldiers in yourbody and different kinds of wbcs have different roles to play in infections. This is like the military having different branches with different functions. Some fight bacteril infections and some fight virla infections. ...Read more
Leukotaxis: White blood cells circulate in blood along with plasma and other cells. At the site of injury or other signal attractive to a particular white cell, the cells can migrate through the capillary wall and move towards the target by ameboid movement. Neutrophils also have proteolytic enzymes that can digest the tissue or debris and facilitate movement. ...Read more
Hard to say!: Is this a new problem? Are you sick? On any new meds or supplements? Lots of things can cause a low white blood cell count. Any test, whether normal or not, has to be interpreted in light of the symptoms you are having. If this was found on a routine blood test and you feel fine, it may be nothing, and should be repeated later to see if it is still low. Talk to your doc on what followup to do ...Read more
Depends.: Improving a low WBC would depend on the cause. The WBC is controlled by a hormone (g-csf) normally, and this is available as a medication that can be useful in patients on cancer chemotherapy. Otherwise, the underlying cause should be treated (nutritional, drug side effect, autoimmune disease, bone marrow disorder, etc.). ...Read more
Yes: Yes, white counts can go up a number of ways. There are drugs that are used, especially in patients who are immunocompromised (i.e., cancer patients) when their white count gets too low. Otherwise, the most common reason for WBC count to go up is infections. As far as a natural way for you to make it go up yourself, no, there's not a way. ...Read more
Too little info: The look analysis is usually done by a machine where the cells rapidly flow through a small tube. You should speak to your doc about all the factors they measured and the meanings of each. ...Read more
Increased risk: For infection, and in some cases the infection can be serious or even life threatening. ...Read more
Infection: The most likely effect would be infection. These would typically be severe/life-threatening, and often-times not commonly seen in the general public (weird fungal and bacterial infections), but more common in patients with low WBC counts, such as those on chemo or with hiv/aids. ...Read more