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What Are The Characteristics Of White Blood Cells
Let me help: Anabolic steroids, which stimulate red blood cell production carbon monoxide poisoning, congenital heart disease in adults, copd, dehydration, epo doping (injections of erythropoietin (epo) to enhance athletic performance), heart failure, hemoglobinopathies (conditions present at birth that impair the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells) and others. Please read below link. ...Read more
Nonspecific: The white cells indicate local inflammation, perhaps the lingering signs of a central nervous system infection. However, this can be present in other conditions, such as arteritis, sarcoid, multiple sclerosis, carcinomatous meningitis, etc. Perhaps would be explained by your doctor as to why spinal tap was done. ...Read more
No nuclei: Red cells do not have nuclei, have a biconcave shape and are bags of hemoglobin. Size is about 7 microns. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more
What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?
Cell division: Centrioles are involved in cell division in all cells, not just white blood cells. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more
Wide range: Zero to "very high" (eg 100's of thousands). Leukemia undergoing treatment may result in a zero white blood cell (WBC) count. Some leukemias may have relatively normal total WBC but abnormal cells (blasts) in the differential. Other leukemias can develop very high WBC counts. So, a wide range is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (may be 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information. ...Read more
Depends on cause: High white cells is not a disease but an abnormal blood test.So we can not describe symptoms of elevated white cells.White cells are high with several bacterial infections in different parts of body, like pneumonia, appendicitis and other infections like that.White cells also can be high in certain leukemias etc.The symptoms are all related to the underlying conditions and too numerous to list here. ...Read more
Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...Read more
Depends on cause.: Wbcs destroyed by the immune system would be autoimmune neutropenia. Wbcs low from an enlarged spleen would be hypersplenism. Sometimes WBC is low due to severe infection, and that would just be leukopenia (or neutropenia) due to whatever infection is present. Neutrophils are the most common WBC and are usually what is low. Leukopenia refers to all the kinds of wbcs. In aids it's lymphopenia. ...Read more
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