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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


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What does a RDW of 11.4 and 36.5 MCHC mean on a Complete blood count test?

What does a RDW of 11.4 and 36.5 MCHC mean on a Complete blood count test?

Nothing: I trust all else is good. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. ...Read more

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Been very ill. Some of my blood test came back still waiting on many. Platelet count of 679, white blood count high 14, rdw 23, neutrophilid 11?

Been very ill. Some of my blood test came back still waiting on many. Platelet count of 679, white blood count high 14, rdw 23, neutrophilid 11?

High WBC count.: In what you’ve provided here, your WBC count is high, which in and of itself could suggest infection or inflammation. The platelet count is likewise high, but this could be just reactive (the platelet count is an acute phase reactant) or it could mean that the bone marrow is generally proliferative. Not enough here to really. Hazard a guess. ...Read more

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I have low rbc, hgb, hct, rdw-sd and high eos and mpv. Should I be concerned? I have neither iron deficiency nor other abnormal blood count.

I have low rbc, hgb, hct, rdw-sd and high eos and mpv. Should I be concerned? I have neither iron deficiency nor other abnormal blood count.

It depends: It depends on what the exact finding of these values is. Sometimes these findings may be normal. Speak with your physician so he/she can properly interpret these results. ...Read more

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Should I be alarmed if my RDW is 15.9 in complete blood count?

Should I be alarmed if my RDW is 15.9 in complete blood count?

Not at all: 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, your result is nothing to be concerned about, let alone being alarmed.
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My complete blood count results as follow:Hg 11.9;MCV 87.1; MCHC 33.7 MCH 29.3; RDW 16.4 I think all are normal except RDW what this can indicate?

RDW high: If RDW is high this means the Range of Dimension Width is high, indicating the Red cell corpuscles are not the same sizes, this could be due to the Bone Marrow produced two or more of populations of Red cells. Iron deficiency is the most common cause in young female. Fragmentation of RBC could also give this which has multiple causes ranges from simple things like vigrous exercise to more serious ...Read more

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What does a "high gran blood count" mean?

What does a "high gran blood count" mean?

May be infection: 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, high counts of neutrophils are usually associated with bacterial infection. It would have been helpful to know the actual count and any symptoms you may have. ...Read more

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What does white blood count mean when high?

What does white blood count mean when high?

See below: There are a huge number of possible causes and meanings for a low or high white blood cell count. Some include: infection, immune disorders, cancers, and other genetic causes. See your doctor for further infrmation and work up. ...Read more

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My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

Symptoms?: Without knowing why he got his blood counts checked and what those numbers actually are, it is difficult to know what it means. Your white blood cell count can be elevated when you are fighting an infection (either viral or bacterial). The higher red blood cell count (i would be more worried if this were low) could be due to dehydration (among other things). ...Read more

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High blood count, what does that mean?

High blood count, what does that mean?

WBC? RBC?: Usually the white blood cells (infection fighters) are elevated as when you have an infection like strep throat or even appendicitis.This may be trivial or very important as in leukemia (white count staying over 20, 000). Elevated rbc is much less often seen. Anyway:get a repeat count and see what is what-don't ignore it. ...Read more

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What does it mean when suddenly your blood count results are all over with 9 flagged components too high, 6 flagged too low and one flagged eh?

What does it mean when suddenly your blood count results are all over with 9 flagged components too high, 6 flagged too low and one flagged eh?

CBC: Without knowing what values are abnormal there is no way in which to help you interpret these changes, but what can be said is that they are generally meaningless in the absence of a full clinical evaluation. Lab values are often only helpful after a full history and physical exam since the changes can be due to multiple causes. Discuss with the doctor who ordered this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does a high protein level in my blood count mean?

Unclear question: 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, Blood count and protein are different tests. It would have been helpful to have the actual values of the test results. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a high LDH and a low white blood count?

What does it mean if I have a high LDH and a low white blood count?

LDH, leukopenia: It means you need to see a Doctor and be evaluated. There are numerous possibilities as neither is specific. Notwithstanding its a good idea to have a work up as some of the possibilities are serious. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

Infection/dehydratio: White blood cells (WBC) are those cells that help fight off infection. The most common reason for an increase is infection, but could indicate a drug reaction, or even some cancers.

High red blood cell (rbc) are the cells that carry oxygen to/carbon dioxide from your bodies tissues. High count could be dehydration, heart disease, or low oxygen levels in blood.

A doctor can interpret results. ...Read more

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I have low white blood count (4.4) and BILIRUBIN is high at (1.4) what would this mean for a twenty something year old?

I have low white blood count (4.4) and BILIRUBIN is high at (1.4) what would this mean for a twenty something year old?

Any symptoms?: 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 may be your normal and there may not nothing out of order. You should discuss it with your doctor who knows more about your health.
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. 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.
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What does complete blood count pdw 16.5 high mean?

What does complete blood count pdw 16.5 high mean?

RDW: The red blood cell distribution width (RDW or RCDW) is a measure of the variation of red blood cell (RBC) volume that is reported as part of a standard complete blood count. Can be used to help diagnose a type of anemia if your hemoglobin is low: Men- less than 14, women- less than 12. ...Read more

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What dose high blood count and high blood platelet. Mean?

What dose high blood count and high blood platelet. Mean?

More info needed: High blood and platelet counts may mean nothing, but need to evaluate based on examination, white blood cell count and how high red cell count and platelet counts are. Iron deficiency can increase platelets as can inflammation; high altitude and smoking can raise the red count---a good history and physical are needed.
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What does it mean if I have a high white blood count and a bad rash?

What does it mean if I have a high white blood count and a bad rash?

Likely an infection: There is insufficient information to provide a definitive answer. One would need to know the actual count and differential and examine the rash. You should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes high white blood count high during a cervical swab does this usually mean chylamdia?

What causes high white blood count high during a cervical swab does this usually mean chylamdia?

Many possibilities: This simply suggests an inflammatory process without a specific diagnosis. You need to discuss this with the gynecologist. ...Read more

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My child had a result from his CBC and it showed that he has a high white blood count, what does this mean?

My child had a result from his CBC and it showed that he has a high white blood count, what does this mean?

Hard to say...: Need to know what the increase is associated with. If lymphs could be a viral infection. If neuts probably an infection or due to heavy smoking. ...Read more

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My 3- year old child had a CBC test and the result shows that he has a high white blood count of 26, 700. I would like to know what does this mean?

My 3- year old child had a CBC test and the result shows that he has a high white blood count of 26, 700. I would like to know what does this mean?

This is a fairly: High wbc. If the cells are mostly neutrophils this probably represents a healthy response to a bacterial infection. More information is needed to know for sure. Are the hemoglobin and platelets normal? ...Read more

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What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean? Do red cell counts rise during infections?

Leucocytosis: Elevated white cell count can represent many maladies in many people both male and female and also be normal in certain circumstances-like in labor! it can also be normal for certain people. Yes it does go up in infections -that being the most common condition for leucocytosis. It can also be a red flag for leukemia or other body area cancers. No-red cells do not commonly go up in infections! ...Read more

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A slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean what?

A slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean what?

See below: Can be due to infection in the kidney called pyelonephritis or severe bladder infection called cystitis. Sometimes white cells in the urine may be due to a allergic reaction in the kidney from some medications. ...Read more

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How will I know what does a slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean?

It could be infectio: Infections are a common cause of high white blood cell count. White cells in the urine may be due to infection in the urinary tract but sometimes it is simply due to contamination of the urine...So the urince sample needs to be collected cleanly and carefully to avoid contamination. ...Read more

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I was told that my liver enzymes where too high, the blood count is 2136000, and my bilirubin count is 7.5. What does it all mean?

Serious liver: Disease. This issue is not suitable for a 400 character answer. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation through history, physical examintion, imaging, lab tests and may be trial of treatment. ...Read more

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M54, if m protein is high, no mark on x ray, blood count normal. Does this means no multiple myeloma.

M54, if m protein is high, no mark on x ray, blood count normal. Does this means no multiple myeloma.

It depends on severa: Besides m protein level, a bone marrow eaxmination is required to determine the plasma cell number/count. If the bone marrow does not have more than 10% plasma cells, then it is not a myeloma, which usually has lots of plasma cells in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 deficiency. Sometimes we have a low blood cell count from bleeding or several other disorders. Elevated platelets are called thrombocytosis. Platelets are an acute phase reactant and elevate for several primary and secondary reasons. ...Read more