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White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more


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My 4 year old nephew is currently in hospital, with seriously elevated red and white blood cell count, is this always indicative of something serious?

My 4 year old nephew is currently in hospital, with seriously elevated red and white blood cell count, is this always indicative of something serious?

Hard to say: We don't treat lab values. Isolated lab values without any history or exam findings is not enough to make any realistic comment. You are welcome to start over and provide basic history to put this into context. This is not a chat room so each submission should contain background and a question' ...Read more

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What does a urinalysis white blood cell count of 4 - 10 and red blood cell count of 0 - 3 mean?

What does a urinalysis white blood cell count of 4 - 10 and red blood cell count of 0 - 3 mean?

Depends: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is in the best position to do that. The results listed may be within normal limits depending on the circumstances of specimen collection. ...Read more

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Elevated indirect bilirubin, normal direct bilirubin, low red blood cell count, normal white blood cell count, iron overload (83), enlarged spleen?

Elevated indirect bilirubin, normal direct bilirubin, low red blood cell count, normal white blood cell count, iron overload (83), enlarged spleen?

Need more informatio: We can not comment on these blood tests without knowing your hemoglobin and hematocrit andtotal rbc level. Total iron, iron binding capacity and most important ferritin level
also need to know the values of liver enzymes;level of indirect bilirubin
i suggest you consult your doctor who may have all this information and can tell you if anything needs to be done or just follow up. ...Read more

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Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Acute blood trapping: Sickle cell crisis occurs because these patients red cell are not elastic, gets trapped in vessels, in spleen, liver, lungs, leading to loss from circulation, hence low red cells and hematocrit in CBC. Repeated episodes compromise immune functions and patients prone to infections, which could then induce rise in white blood cells to fight infections. BE hydrated, No strenous exercise ArePreventive. ...Read more

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Low red and white blood cell count, should I be concerned?

Low red and white blood cell count, should I be concerned?

When both RBC and: Wbcs are affected several topics come to mind. The marrow may be stressed in response to infection, or due to a medication. This would also be a common pattern in bone marrow production problems such as the myelodysplastic syndromes. Patients with acute leukemia can also present in this fashion. ...Read more

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What can cause low red and white blood cell count at the same time?

What can cause low red and white blood cell count at the same time?

When both RBC and: Wbcs are affected several topics come to mind. The marrow may be stressed in response to infection, or due to a medication. This would also be a common pattern in bone marrow production problems such as the myelodysplastic syndromes. Patients with acute leukemia can also present in this fashion. ...Read more

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What can I do if my doctor said I have low red and white blood cell count, should I be worried?

Follow with your doc: Unless you give us the exact numbers, we can not advise you what it all means. But your doctor, I am sure he/she can easily guide you. ...Read more

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If someone had any type of cancer would the red and white blood cell count be off in a blood test?

Not always: Blood counts can be off only if the cancer is of the blood cells (leukemia). Otherwise most cancers do not effect the blood directly. Chemotherapy does alter the blood counts but only temporarily. ...Read more

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“im 44 f my white blood cell count was 12.08 and my red cell count was 9.06?

“im 44 f my white blood cell count was 12.08 and my red cell count was 9.06?

RBC count does not: Add up.
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 White cell count is mildly elevated and may indicate and infection. However, the red cell count you reported is unlikely to be correct. Talk to the doctor who ordered these tests.
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

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What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

Variable lab normals: Each lab has normal ranges of the values. White Blood Count normal range is usually between 4.0 and 10.5. Hemoglobin values are usually between 11.0-14.5 for women and 12-15 for men. Rarely do people actually quote the RBC count number although it is reported on most lab reports. ...Read more

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What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

How low?: 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 would have helped to know the actual values as low is not a unit of measure.
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.
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My white blood cell count is 11 en the differential is normal. Should I be worried? My red blood cells and plates are normal as well. Thank you

Any symptoms?: A WBC count of 11 is within normal limits. If you do not have any symptoms, there is no need to worry. It may be your normal. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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 or alcohol in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I recently did a blood test and my White blood cell count was 3.6 and my red blood cell was 5.22 and my mch was 26.4, should I be alarmed?

No: 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, there is nothing to be alarmed about your results.
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.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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I've low white blood cell count and enlarged red blood cells and need another blood test. I'm vegan, occasional smoker/drinker. Should I worry?

I've low white blood cell count and enlarged red blood cells and need another blood test. I'm vegan, occasional smoker/drinker. Should I worry?

Worth pursuing: Folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies might explain the findings. Worth pursuing to see what's up. It could be something more serious but common things are common. ...Read more

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My red blood cell count is 3.6 and WBC is 3.4. Hgb is 8.5, Hct is 27.5. MCV, MCH, MCHC all low also. Very weak, body aches. Should I be concerned?

Yes: These numbers indicate that you are quite anemic. You should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist to determine if you are having any blood loss in your digestive tract. If you are not, it may be related to your monthly blood loss, if it is excessive. Regardless, you need to act on this immediately, since your blood counts are quite low. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed. ...Read more

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What does an elevated white blood cell count mean?

Elevated White Count: It all depends on how elevated the results are, but in general this represents a concurrent bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is low white blood cell count mean if high fever and sick?

What is low white blood cell count mean if high fever and sick?

Leukopenia may be...: Counterintuitive, but it is seen frequently in the context of infection/inflammation. Usually we equate illness with a rise in WBC count because we mobilize our wbcs to fight off infections caused by multiple pathogens...Viruses, bacteria, fungi for example. However, inflammatory cytokines can induce transient marrow suppression to cause leukopenia. Should resolve spontaneously. Get well soon. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a high white blood cell count, what could that mean?

Elevated numbers: This result may (eg bacterial) or may not (eg stress response) suggest an infection since there is no clinical context. For example, a vomiting episode or initiation of a steroid medication can temporarily increase your white blood cell count - but that doesn't mean you have an infection. Try rephrasing the question with symptoms included in it. ...Read more

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A high white blood cell count in my prostate means what?

Inflamation: Pyospermia, or WBC in the semen, or WBC in expressed prostatic secretion, indicates inflamation in the prostate. This may be caused by a bacterial infection, but not necessarily. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

WBCs in urine: WBC's in the urine are commonly associated with infection or inflammation of the urinary tract. Urine infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and kindey stones are common causes. Inflammation of the bladder wall (cystitis) is also common. Less common causes are things like nephrotic syndromes and allergic interstitial nephritis. ...Read more

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I have a slightly high white blood cell count but my hemoglobin is normal. What could that mean?

What is the count: And what is the differential count? Slightly elevated may be your normal. It would be good to talk to the doctor who ordered the test as s/he has your whole health history and lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a 6 y/o child has elevated white blood cell count and his inflammation marker is high?

What does it mean if a 6 y/o child has elevated white blood cell count and his inflammation marker is high?

Viral vs bacterial: Not too infrequently, children present with fever without clear source. We have utilized white cell count and inflammation markers, e.g., sed rate or CRP to distinguish viral vs bacterial infection. Elevated white blood cell and high inflammation marker suggest the likelihood of bacterial infection. ...Read more