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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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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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What does it mean to have high levels of red blood cells?

What does it mean to have high levels of red blood cells?

Too many RBCs: You may have acondition known as polycythemia vera. To need to be seen and evaluated by a hemotologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood cell and you have a low hemoglobin?

Not clear: Your question did not say whether your white blood cell count was high, low, or normal. A low hemoglobin means you have fewer red blood cells than normal - anemia. There are many different causes for anemia. Discuss your test results with your doctor - you probably will need to discuss how you feel, get a physical examination, and probably have more lab test to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have to many white blood cells?

Leukocytosis: May mean infection, leukemia, inflammation systemically, high steroid levels. You need to integrate this value with clinical assessment. Cannot be interpreted without further info. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean to have white and red blood cells in urine?

What does it mean to have white and red blood cells in urine?

Blood in urine: Blood is not normally in urine. If there is blood (rbcs and wbcs) in the urine and nothing else abnormal, then blood is entering your urine in some way. Are there symptoms like burning with urine, flank pain, recent infection, etc? In females this is common with recent period. See your doctor for further follow up as this needs to be looked at in a clinical context to be sure everything is good. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood cells are high?

What does it mean when your white blood cells are high?

SOMETHING : Inflammatory, infectious, or blood cancer is ocurring in your body. Depends on how high also. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

WBCs in urine: WBC's in the urine are commonly associated with infection or inflammation of the urinary tract. Urine infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and kindey stones are common causes. Inflammation of the bladder wall (cystitis) is also common. Less common causes are things like nephrotic syndromes and allergic interstitial nephritis. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

Too little info: The look analysis is usually done by a machine where the cells rapidly flow through a small tube. You should speak to your doc about all the factors they measured and the meanings of each. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have high white blood cells in my urine?

What does it mean if I have high white blood cells in my urine?

White blood cells: The presence of white blood cells suggests inflammation, probably due to infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have red blood cells in your urine?

What does it mean to have red blood cells in your urine?

RBCs: If there are red blood cells and nothing else abnormal, then blood is entering your urine in some way. Are there symptoms like burning with urine, flank pain, recent infection, etc? In females this is common with recent period. See your doctor for further follow up as this needs to be looked at in a clinical context to be sure everything is good. ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean to have a really high red blood cell count?

Please explain what does it mean to have a really high red blood cell count?

Depends: It may be a reaction to increased oxygen demand or a form of malignancy of red cells. You may consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.medicinenet.com/polycythemia_high_red_blood_cell_count/article.htm ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an extremely high red blood cell count?

What does it mean to have an extremely high red blood cell count?

"Polycythemia": May be secondary or primary. If you are at high altitudes, smoke cigarettes or are very dehydrated, could be high. Might need tests to see if you have a primary bone marrow problem like Polycythemia vera or chronic leukemia, ...Read more

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What cause low white blood count and what does it mean for me?

What cause low white blood count and what does it mean for me?

See below: There are a huge number of possible causes for a low white blood cell count. Some include: infection, immune disorders, cancers, andother genetic causes. See your doctor for further infrmation and work up. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low platelets?

What does it mean to have  low platelets?

Bleeding risk: Low platelets can cause easy bleeding, such as nosebleeds. There are several causes of low platelets, so this should be followed closely. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood cells are always high?

What does it mean when your white blood cells are always high?

Many things: Can be a normal variant, could be a myeloproliferative disorder, could be an infection, however, unlikely if always high. Another thought it could be a chronic inflammatory disorder. Hope this helps. Needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high eosinophils & low white blood cell count. what does it mean?

What to do if I have high eosinophils & low white blood cell count. what does it mean?

Depends: The common causes of high eosinophil count are allergy and parasitic infestation. It would require investigation in-person to ascertain the cause and treatment. You may wish to consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/eosinophilia/basics/definition/sym-20050752 ...Read more

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What does it mean to have ovalocytes in a blood smear?

Depends: If hemoglobin level is normal, it does not mean anything. Some hemoglobin variants produce oval rather than perfectly round red cells and then it depends on the type of hemoglobin variant. A few ovalocytes are of no consequence. ...Read more

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