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High levels of white blood cells in urine. What could that mean?

High levels of white blood cells in urine. What could that mean?

Pyuria: White blood cells in urine usually are there because of an infection in the urinary tract. However, they can also be there in large numbers in a female when there is a vaginal infection or when she is having her period (always see red cells also in this situation). My best advice is to see your doctor and have a urine culture done to see what is going on. ...Read more

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What does abnormal red blood cell mean?

What does abnormal red blood cell mean?

Many things: A not so specific term that could mean low count, pale in color or lacking iron or hemoglobin, irregular instead of round shape, etc. Often in CBC, we see red cell count and indices: RBC, Hemoglobin, mean cell volume, mean cell hemoglobin with a normal range compared to a patient. Abnormal red blood cell may mean low or high in any of indices. In blood smear, these abnormalities are seen too. ...Read more

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What does abnormal red blood cell morphology mean?

What does abnormal red blood cell morphology mean?

Many possibilities: RBC morphology is the appearance of the red cells under the microscope. The are numerous abnormalities that can occur in different types of illness. Some of these may be due to a primary blood disorder such as sickle cell anemia. Others may be due abnormalities such as iron deficiency. Others may occur as a result of other diseases such as kidney failure. Some are of no consequence. ...Read more

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What does having low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts mean?

What does having low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts mean?

Thalassemia?: Low MCV (small sized) red cells with increased number of rbcs is most commonly seen with thalassemia, an inherited hemoglobin abnormality, but it is not associated with low neutrophils. Not all low neutrophil counts are significant, as normal varies with ethnic background. Infections can cause temporary low neutrophils. See a hematologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What can cause abnormal blood cells?

What can cause abnormal blood cells?

Which ones?: Are you referring to white cells, any certain subsets, red cells or all of the above? ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your blood cells are too high?

What exactly does it mean if your blood cells are too high?

Find out actual numb: We/ you need to know the exact numbers before we can guide you. Your doctor can help explain what it all means. So ask him/her. ...Read more

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What does high red blood cells mean?

What does high red blood cells mean?

A lot: Could mean dehydration, sometimes can signify a myeloproliferative disorder. Also if the hemoglobin is low and the rbcs are high, could mean there is a blood disorder called thalassemia. Either way, it should be evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does red blood cells in urin mean?

Not specific: Could be seen with a kidney stone, cancer, injury to the kidney tubules, and many other things. ...Read more

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What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

Small red cells: Your bone marrow makes lots of different types of cell. The red cells go thur a number of steps before they "graduate" You can think of small cells graduating too early. They are pushed out, most often because you are anemic. ...Read more

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My daughters red blood cells could be rupturing. What does this mean and should I be concered?

Many possible causes: There are many possible causes for hemolysis (rupture of red blood cells). These many causes can range from not really being noticeable to the patient to being life-threatening. The most important thing is to determine the cause and closely follow red blood cell levels. Many causes are treatable, and some even go away on their own. Close followup is essential. ...Read more

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What do broken red blood cells mean?

Brken RBC- Hemolysis: Hemolysis is a breakdown of red blood cells early than normal (usually happens to all red cells after 100 days). Causes can be from immune system, mechanical (i.e. Mechanical heart valve), or certain infections. Treatment is both replaceing key nutreints needed for red cells (i.e. Folic acid) and treating the underlying cause of red cell destruction. ...Read more

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What does elevated red blood cells mean?

What does elevated red blood cells mean?

More then normal: That is the opposite of anemia. which is low red blood cells. So you have TOO MUCH RBCs. That could be related to many causes, so of which could be very serious. Further testing needed. If you are a smoker... stop ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have abnormally small red blood cells?

What does it mean when you have abnormally small red blood cells?

Microcytosis causes: Abnormally small red cells may be due to a number of reasons that include acquired or hereditary disorders of the main protein found in red cells-called hemoglobin. The most common causes inlclude iron deficiency, anemia of chronic disease and rarer forms such as sideroblastic anemias and thallasemias. If you or someone you know has this result in CBC, plase consult your MD ,a hematologist now. ...Read more

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Mixed white and red blood cells suggest contamination, what does that mean?

If this is a: urine sample then it suggests it was not collected with good sterile technique ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have high white and red blood cells at the same time?

What does it mean when you have high white and red blood cells at the same time?

High WBCs and RBCs: If you're talking about high wbcs and rbcs in the urine, this may signal a urinary tract infection. In the blood, i would wonder if the person is dehydrated (volume depleted). A high WBC count can go along with infection, of course. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have high white and red blood cells at the same time ?

What does it mean when you have high white and red blood cells at the same time ?

Need more info: Very difficult to answer without much more info. What have cell counts been in past? How high is elevation? Are platelets elevated or depressed? What are the sizes of red cells and are there any abnormal shapes? Are you a smoker? Do you have lung disease or live at altitude? Do you have any infections? Could simply be normal variation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have been told they detect cancer in your blood cells?

What does it mean when you have been told they detect cancer in your blood cells?

Means leukemia: You need to ask your doctor more about nature of disease , some times due to anxiety & fear patient may not paying attention to doctor, need another person to ask relevant questions ( with patient consent ) could be leukemia or related disease. ...Read more

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My son is 7 and on his well visit blood test showed that he produces enough blood cells but the cells are small? What does that mean and effects?

Mine are too: No danger. Mine run at the bottom of the reference range; since i'm of mixed racial heritage it may be a mild Alpha thal, or just because i've been a frequent blood donor. Some physicians would run a serum iron check to screen for iron deficiency that hasn't led to anemia yet. If below 70 fl, perhaps this is thal minor -- do you or dad have this? If dr is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more

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