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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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White Cell Count (Definition)

This is the number of white blood cells per microlitre. It includes neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and other rarer types such ...Read more


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What does a high white cell count, high red cell count mean?

What does a high white cell count, high red cell count mean?

A few things: If your white cell count is elevated by itself, it typically means that you have some sort of infection. However, if both your red cells and white cells are elevated at the same time, it probably just means that you are dehydrated. There are a other common conditions include stress polycythemi, a and more rarely, polycythemia rubra vera, these causes are all easy to excluded! ...Read more

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My 7 yr. Old has abnormal blood for a 2nd time within 1 mth. She got a high white cell count and high platelets count. What does it mean? Leukemia?

My 7 yr. Old has abnormal blood for a 2nd time within 1 mth. She got a high white cell count and high platelets count. What does it mean? Leukemia?

Various causes: How high are the white blood cells and platelet? There are other things besides the bone marrow problems or blood cancer that can explain elevation of white blood cells and platelets- such as infection, inflammation, bleeding etc. Discuss further with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I had a abnormal pap 6 months ago and am going in for a repeat tomorrow. They said high white cell count, what could this mean?

I had a abnormal pap 6 months ago and am going in for a repeat tomorrow.  They said high white cell count,  what could this mean?

Unclear info: Did they say high white cell count in PAP? If so, that means there was inflammation probably due to an infection. In any case you should get the scheduled test done. You are young enough for HPV vaccination and should discuss that with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have an elevated white cell count?

What does it mean if you have an elevated white cell count?

Leukocytosis: If there is elevated white cells it usually means there is infection or sepsis in the body. High white cell count also occurs with certain leukemias, and due to certain medications like neurogenic, steroids etc. ...Read more

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Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

No: An elevated blood white cell count can be an indication of active inflammation somewhere in your body, like infection. There are many other reasons for elevated wbc, but it is not indicative of colon cancer. ...Read more

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