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What Does High Blood Band Count Mean
Several posibilities: This means either that you have an infection and the bone marrow cannot keep up with the neutrophils being consumed and rather than giving up it produces and releases immature cells into the circulation, or that you have a malignancy like leukemia, or something else is turning on your bone marrow. See a doctor asap. ...Read more
Been running a fever of 105 for a few days and doctors did blood work and so far have found bandemia. What is the worst thing it could be & simplest?
Fighting infection: "Bands" are immature white blood cells. When the body is under significant attack by an invader (bacterial, viral, or otherwise), it calls out the Marines (white blood cells as key portion of your immune system) and cells released a little early into circulation can be identified as such and are called "bands." ...Read more
Could be infection.: A high band count usually refers to how many white blood cells are actively maturing. When the band count is high, it usually refers to an escalating infection, or due to some other major stress. Talk to your doctor to find out why. Uncontrolled infections can be life-threatening. ...Read more
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
Numbers are numbers: Numbers are just numbers, so the significance of them must be looked at in the context of a patient's real-life situation. From a purely numbers point of view, "above high normal" usually means that only ~3% of the NORMAL people in the community get that test result, and the other 97% of the NORMAL people in the community would get a lower result. Some people with a "mildly high" are not normal. ...Read more
Granulocytes: Granulocytes are mostly neutrophils, the cells that are most lethal most quickly to bacteria. Ignore the percentages. Look to see if the absolute numbers # are high or low. I can raise my granulocyte # to four times normal by spending twenty minutes in an icy-cold shower (I tried it); labs mean nothing apart from the clinical context. Good luck. ...Read more
Depending on level: Phosphorus is actually a very important mineral needed to make energy your body can use, but too high/low can cause trouble. Slightly high level may just be lab error. High dietary intake rarely cause high level if you don't have illness such as kidney disease. Renal failure is a common cause of high phosphorus, often needing regular use of phosphate binder medicine. Check with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Parathyroid problem: Hypercalcemia is too much calcium in the blood. The main cause of hypercalcemia is overactivity in one or more of parathyroid glands in the neck near the thyroid gland. Excdssive intake of calcium and vitamin d supplements as well as rarely some types of cancer. Signs/symptoms include renal stones, bone pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, renal failure, cardiac arrhythmia, hyperthyroidism, idiopathic, etc. ...Read more
Ambient air is about: 21% o2, and healthy lungs produce a po2 of 80-100%. Babies in nicu's treated with 100% due to respiratory immaturity could get pulmonarty and retro lentar fibrosis. One does not do well with higher levels of o2. Like goldylocks, not too little, not too much: just right. ...Read more
It requires consulta: A consultation with a hematologist may be useful if you have high hemoglobin. There is a rare medical condition called polycythemia vera but it also has some changes in white cell counts. It requires a specialist to confirm the diagnosis as hemoglobin can be high due to several reasons. These can be sorted out by visiting a hematologist. ...Read more
When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and how's it done?
I just got my blood results back and everything was good but my bilirubin was high what does that mean? And what is bilirubin?
Gilbert's: Bilirubin's the green stuff in bile; your liver processes it from broken-down red blood cells. A few percent of people always have a mildly elevated indirect bilirubin from "gilbert's non-disease"; your physician knows how to detect this. If you've ever missed a few meals and turned a bit yellow, you can probably self-diagnose. Trust you're not taking meds that cause cholestasis. Your dr can tell. ...Read more
I have had 2 blood tests in 8 months with high white blood counts. I don't feel good & am feeling very jittery & shakey. What does this mean?
Need to investigate: How high were the cell counts? It would help to have the complete report. In any case, blood cell count is not likely to reveal the cause. You need to have an in-person evaluation with a detailed history, physical examination and may be lab and other studies. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more
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
Nothing: I often wish labs wouldn't even report the percentages. An absolute monocyte count over 600 will raise eyebrows if there's any suspicion of tb, sarcoid, deep fungal infection -- but it's only one tiny clue. The counts and percentages fluctuate wildly from day to day and even hour to hour. Ignore it -- you're not just a bunch of numbers -- and ask, "how do I feel?". ...Read more
Hard to say: One Lab result alone doesn't mean much. It depends on why the test was taken and your symptoms and the results of other lab work. An abnormal lab can be a temporary finding and may be normal when next tested. Discuss this with your doctor (or the person who ordered the test), if is concerning, you will be told and a plan to follow it up will be done (Ideally). ...Read more
Nothing specific: The monocytes are a form of white cell, cousin to the lymphocyte, that often increases their relative number in a variety of infectious conditions. Mononucleosis is a lay term for the elevation when it occurs with an EB virus infection. Other viruses and some bacteria can trigger the same relative increase in monocytes. ...Read more
Stress: Cortisol is produced by our adrenal glands and we release more cortisol in response to stress. This could be either emotional stress or physiological stress such as low blood sugar, allergic reactions, toxic exposures etc. Rarely it could be a sign of cushing's disease (hyperadrenalism) or an adrenal tumor but this is unlikely, a holistic doctor may help you determine the source of stress. ...Read more
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
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