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What Does A High Level Of Monocytes Mean
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
What does it mean if you have low platelet count, high monocyte level, low creatinine, low albumin, high AST and high ALT levels?
You need doctor to g: Your doctor needs to guide you further as you have too many things wrong with your tests. Are you under the care of a good doctor? If you do not have a good doctor, see a hematologist who is blood specialist, because low platelets are often caused by some serious disorders. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type of white cell: Monocytes are one of the principal type of white blood cell. In tissues they mature into macrophages and histiocytes, cells that eat up dead tissue, eat up pathogenic organisms, and have important roles otherwise in presenting antigens to lymphocytes. High monocyte counts likely indicate certain viral infections, such as mononucleosis, or other conditions with immune reactions. Read more
Big picture: Low hemoglobin always requires a workup. It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary item like thal minor to something serious. Ignore the percentage counts of different white cells; if the absolute monocyte count is more than 1000 (assuming all normally-formed), it might point to something but only if there are other symptoms / signs. Read more
Nothing: I often wish labs wouldn't even report the percentages. An absolute monocyte count over 600 will raise eyebrows if there's any suspicion of tb, sarcoid, deep fungal infection -- but it's only one tiny clue. The counts and percentages fluctuate wildly from day to day and even hour to hour. Ignore it -- you're not just a bunch of numbers -- and ask, "how do I feel? ". Read more
Depends: This depends upon what is abnormal. If the percentages of lymphs are low and monos high, it is likely that some stress has caused an increase of cortisol level, driving both of these changes. If the absolute levels of these cell types are abnormal, there could be a more serious infection or a bone marrow disorder that requires further investigation. Read more
How high?: 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, it might have helped if you had provided the actual numbers rather than your interpretation "high". Read more
Can be mononucleosus: Monocytes become elevated when the immune system needs to produce more antibodies to handle the intracellular invading agents. Mononucleosis is caused by the epstein bar virus which can live within the nucleus and cytoplasm of the cell and suppresses the immune system, and can only be controlled by antibodies made by intracellular monocytes. The monocytes will be elevated as part of the WBC coun. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing: Don't worry about it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Need to see all the: Results. How high is the count? What does the blood smear look like? A mild elevation of monocytes probably is not indication of any disease. Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and your doctor is in the best position to do that. Read more
Relative v.absolute?: The percentages can be misleading. One must really look at the absolute amounts of both. Depending on the circumstances, a true absolute neutrophilia may be caused by a list of conditions too long to list here. In most cases, the low monocyte count is due to the relative expansion of neutrophils (infections, smoking, trauma, autoimmune conditions, even some cancers). Your md should be able to help. Read more
My monocyte level on last blood test had a value of 1.0 and was flagged as high. Should I be worried?
My neutrophil and monocyte are slightly low and lymphocyte is slightly high. What could it mean? Segmented neutrophil: 34.70, lymphocyte: 59; RDW: 15
Means nothing: These fluctuate wildly hour-to-hour. Unless they are way out of reference range, they mean nothing as long as all the cells appear basically normal. Read more
Infection: Elevated WBC count is usually a response to an infection. The elevated monocytes may mean that you have a chronic infection or an autoimmune condition. You are taking methylprednisolone which is also used to treat the symptoms of an autoimmune condition so the elevated monocytes may be due to the condition that you are taken that med for. Check with your doctor. Read more
Monocytes - How high? Slight elevation is not meaningful. You should discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test.
Pneumonia- It depends on the cause of pneumonia, underlying lung disease, immune status and treatment given. Under favorable circumstances a person should recover in less than a week.
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My 7 year old son had bloodwork done two weeks ago and his monocyte levels were high. Could this be from undiagnosed mono?
Maybe: Monocytes are best known in the general public as elevated during "mono", but mono is a viral illness and monocytes can be up in several different ones. It is not specific to that diagnosis. There are more specific only mono tests that can be done on blood, but are not usually ordered unless that is suspected. Read more
Need actual results: All laboratory 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. You did not provide the actual values, so it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion. Read more
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