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What Do Increased Bands In Blood Work Indicate
Would routine blood work have any indications as to pancreas problems (i.E. Lower blood count, increased white blood cells, etc.) what would those be?
Lipase, amylase,: This depends on the pathology or the disease type of the pancrease (pancrelipase) itself. In acute pancreatitis (inflammation of pancrease (pancrelipase)) >amylase and lipase enzyme substances are elevated in the blood. >white blood cells can also be elevated . In gallstone pancreatitis ( pancreatitis caused by gallbladder stones) >liver function tests can be elevated. In pancreatic cancer. >ca 19.9 can be elevated in blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause increased WBC, CRP,and Chloride levels in blood tests when all other lab work is normal?
What does a low sodium count of 134 indicate (no other abnormalities in blood work)? Should i look into it further?
134: Some labs consider that the lower level of normal. It could be just something that is transient. Ask your doctor that did the blood tests and they know you better. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing: Bands are only increased in reactive conditions suc as an infection. Few or no bands is normal. ...Read more
Meaning of high MPV: Mpv stands for mean platelet volume. A high mpv is usually indicative of a destructive process to platelets (such as immune thrombocytopenic purpura, inflammatory bowel disease, myeloproliferative diseases, bernard-soulier syndrome, pre-eclampsia...Etc). The bone marrow responses by producing and releasing an increased number of larger, younger platelets to the peripheral circulation. ...Read more
Depends: It may have been artefactully high if you repeated clenched your fist during blood draw, or if the blood got hemolyzed. Other causes are kidney disease, metabolic disorders and some drugs. ...Read more
What does it mean to have all blood work normal except the immature granulocyte number and percent was low ?
Need more info: 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, a few immature granulocytes, with no blasts, is not a cause for concern. ...Read more
Fighting infection: "Bands" are immature white blood cells. When the body is under significant attack by an invader (bacterial, viral, or otherwise), it calls out the Marines (white blood cells as key portion of your immune system) and cells released a little early into circulation can be identified as such and are called "bands." ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find cause: Don't treat a lab value. If there's other abnormal liver labs, get a proper workup. Gilbert's non-disease features elevated indirect bilriubin for life. Drugs can cause cholestasis, and hemolysis (even from running a lot) can cause elevated indirect bilirubin. Your physician can do the workup. ...Read more
May be a warning: An absolute eosinophil count above 500, especially in the morning, deserves some attention. Despite "pop" wisdom, it's seldom a warning about allergy, and if your allergies are acting up, you'd know anyway. Anything from worms to hodgkin's to the eosinophil family of diseases to nothing-at-all can do this. Again, the history & physical exam is your key. Best wishes. ...Read more
Nothing: Reference ranges are set up so that several percent of healthy folks have values outside at either end. If you are obviously sick, this high absolute monocyte count might steer your physician toward one of the granulomatous diseases, or they may be activated lymphocytes from a mild viral illness that were miscounted as monocytes. Don't fret over minor lab anomalies. ...Read more
Could be infection.: A high band count usually refers to how many white blood cells are actively maturing. When the band count is high, it usually refers to an escalating infection, or due to some other major stress. Talk to your doctor to find out why. Uncontrolled infections can be life-threatening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If my lymphocytes are elevated and monocytes are decreased in my CSF Hematology results from a spinal tap should I be concerned? The tap was to rule out MS, what else could cause the increase and decrease in these levels?
Why would troponin and myoglobin show up at high levels in my blood work? What does CKMB or MB stand for in blood work?_
Talk to your doctor: Troponin and CKMB are both cardiac enzymes released into the bloodstream when there has been damage to heart muscle and are generally used as markers for heart attacks. Myoglobin comes from regular skeletal muscle when it is damaged and appears in your urine. If your total CK is in the 1000s then it might artificially raise the cardiac markers but can damage kidneys, either way see a doctor now! ...Read more
Iron deficiency: The combination of findings is commonly seen in iron deficiency. If you are an adult male, a hidden cause of bleeding, e.g., colon cancer must be excluded. If you are a female with regular heavy periods, you may just need iron supplementation. In either case it would be good idea to see your doctor, even though you feel fine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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