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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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White Cell Count (Definition)

White cell count is also known as WBC count. 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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I have been told my blood is too thick, that I have low blood protein and a high white cell count. What could this be, I am really worried

I have been told my blood is too thick, that I have low blood protein and a high white cell count.  What could this be, I am really worried

Requires Follow-up: You should follow-up with your md who gave you this information. You will require further testing. What you discribe is too general to pinpoint the etiology. What you do need to know is that whatever you have is treatable. Do all the testing your md requests and ask the md to please explain to you what your tests are for and what possible diagnosis the md has inmind. Your md is there to help you. ...Read more