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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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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

Leukopenia: Wbcs either being destroyed by virus or severe bacterial infections; medication such as chemotherapy, some antibiotics or diuretics; overactive spleen. Or underproduction as a primary effect as in aplastic anemia or suppression of production of wbcs by bone marrow as in some cancers & leukemias, overwhelming infection, hiv/aids, some parastitic diseases, radiation therapy & malnutrition. ...Read more

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My doctor rang me today say I have a low white blood cells what could this mean?

Many possibles: It could mean you had a recent viral illness, or it could mean your immune system is struggling for some reason right now, it could be your normal or it could be a more serious disease. Isolated numbers don't mean anything. Must be taken in context of other symptoms and why it was checked in the first place, and is just one piece of a puzzle in figuring out what is going on with you. ...Read more

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What does white blood cells mean if low?

What does white blood cells mean if low?

Low WBC: It could either mean your body is producing less or your body is using up more, it isusually the first one though. You should see your doctor asap if you suspect this. It should not be ignored as it could be serious. ...Read more

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Health risk and cures for a person whose blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?

Depends: If your WBC count is just slightly low that could be due to a recent viral infection and it will return to normal. If the WBC is consistently low with no reasonable explanation then you should be checked by a hematologist. ...Read more

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Year after removing appendix- blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?

Year after removing appendix-  blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?

How low?: Either the absolute lymphocyte or the absolute neutrophil count needs to be markedly below reference range before you give this another thought. Both of these fluctuate wildly from hour to hour. If you feel well, the decision will be either "repeat next year" or "repeat in a few weeks." Stay fit and manage life's stresses and don't give it much worry. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say that the urine has a lot of blood and white blood cells, but low for nitrates?

What does it mean when they say that the urine has a lot of blood and white blood cells, but low for nitrates?

UTI : White blood cells in urine suggest possible urinary tract infection. Red blood cells could be due to kidney stone, cancer, damage from infection, or even contamination from menstrual flow (in women). Leukocyte esterase and nitrites support diagnosis of uti, whether simple bladder infection (cystitis) or complicated kidney infection (pyelonephritis). Definitive answer is culture & sensitivity. ...Read more

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What does elevated white blood cells and platelets but low carbon dioxide mean?

Ask the ordering doc: Since there is not enough information presented here to answer accurately. ...Read more

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When an exam of vaginal discharge yields white blood cells, does that mean a CBC would show a low WBC count?

No: The body produces and distributes white cells as needed. The white blood cells most often found in the vaginal discharge are neutrophilic polymorphonuclear leukocytes, and these are called 'blood cells' simply because they're easily obtained from blood (where they travel) but visit many sites while on their tours of duty. ...Read more