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What does it mean to have an elevated white blood cell count during an exam?

What does it mean to have an elevated white blood cell count during an exam?

Infection: Leukocytosis is a cardinal sign for occult infection but it can also be seen in situations of severe stress and in smokers. It requires investigation and follow up. The type of white cell elevation can give further clues as to the probable cause. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

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


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What does it mean to have elevated white blood cell count in seaman?

What does it mean to have elevated white blood cell count in seaman?

Inflammation: Too many white cells in seminal fluid suggests an acute inflammation/infection somewhere along the ejaculatory route: testis, epidydimis, prostate or urethra. Your dr should investigate further to prescribe a treatment as necessary ...Read more

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I have an elevated white blood cell count and HPV does this mean I have cancer?

I have an elevated white blood cell count and HPV does this mean I have cancer?

Unlikely: An increased white count can occur for many reasons (eg, with infection, inflammation, stress response, etc). But just because your WBC is up and you happen to have HPV does not mean the two are related. For your HPV make sure that you are up to date with your gyn exams as this is the best way to prevent HPV related cancer of the cervix. ...Read more

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What does an elevated white blood cell count mean?

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 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

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I constantly have an elevated white blood cell count and alkaline phosphatase levels currently at 196 I am female 56.

I constantly have an elevated white blood cell count and alkaline phosphatase levels currently at 196 I am female 56.

How do you FEEL?: Around 5% of older folks always run elevated alk phos and trying to work it up never produces anything helpful; if the specimen is nonfasting and you don't have A antigen on your red cells, it's often high from intestinal alk phos. If all WBC's are normally formed and other cells are normal, I'd worry only if the WBC is very high. Lab "normals" are set so that several % of healthies are outside ...Read more

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Can household mold, ie in the walls, cause an elevated white blood cell count?

No: A person with a healthy immune system should not be infected by this type of a problem, and thus it should not result in an increased wbc. ...Read more

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My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

See below: 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, the elevated white cell count is likely a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery. If he has fever, discharge from the surgical site, pain at the surgical site, then you should consult your doctor promptly. ...Read more

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Is an elevated white blood cell count possible after dtap/hib vaccine?

Is an elevated white blood cell count possible after dtap/hib vaccine?

Mild increase = yes: Any stress can trigger an increase in adrenal stress hormone levels. This cortisol can drive white cells off their resting place on the inside walls of blood vessels producing a transient rise in the total white count when they enter the circulation. The effect is transient ...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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Could onychomycosis cause elevated white blood cell count?

Could onychomycosis cause elevated white blood cell count?

Not usually: Elevated white counts tend to be a hallmark of a bacterial infection, not a fungal infection--particularly in the nails. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you help with elevated white blood cell count and liver enzymes?

Please tell me, could you help with elevated white blood cell count and liver enzymes?

Get a consult: It's more critical, if you feel okay, that the white cells not contain any abnormal forms. Your elevated liver enzymes, if still high after weeks off alcohol and whatever meds you don't really need to be taking, will get worked up to rule out various hepatitis and iron / copper overload syndromes. If your physician isn't explaining this as he/she goes, it's time to specialist referral. ...Read more

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Elevated white blood cell count possible after Hib vaccine?

Elevated white blood cell count possible after Hib vaccine?

Mild increase = yes: Any stress can trigger an increase in adrenal stress hormone levels. This cortisol can drive white cells off their resting place on the inside walls of blood vessels producing a transient rise in the total white count when they enter the circulation. The effect is transient ...Read more

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Could cystic acne infections cause slightly elevated white blood cell count?

Could cystic acne infections cause slightly elevated white blood cell count?

Yes: Or simply stress -- even a cold shower can raise it to 20, 000. I'm seriously concerned that you describe "cystic acne" but only list benzoyl peroxide. That's not nearly enough. You need to be under the care of a competent physician, probably a dermatologist, as cystic acne usually requires Isotretinoin or something else really powerful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

How do you FEEL?: If the white cell values are not extremely out of range, and all are well formed, I would not worry about them. Iron is more worrisome as even without anemia, low values can war of poor nutrition or bleeding from an uncertain or tumor. Nobody here can really tell you much more than that we are glad you are amtaking an active role in understanding your health. ...Read more