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What does it mean when your eosinophils is low?

What does it mean when your eosinophils is low?

Usually nothing: A bit of stress will drive them down, or if it's a small-sample count, there just didn't happen to be one among the first hundred or few hundred counted. You can drive yourself crazy reading the differential diagnosis for numbers -- but this isn't your warning of incipient cushing's if you feel well. Most labs mean little in the absence of symptoms and signs. ...Read more

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White Cell Count (Definition)

This is the number of white blood cells per microlitre. It includes neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and other rarer types such ...Read more


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What does it mean when your RDW is high?

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What does it mean when your RDW is high?

Thanks for asking!: Rdw stands for red blood cell distribution width, which is a measured parameter in a CBC test. High RDW value indicates greater variation in rbc size. This may be associated with iron deficiency anemia, folate/b12 deficiency anemia, mixed deficiency, recent hemorrhage, ...Etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your platelet count is high?

What does it mean when your platelet count is high?

Could be reactive: Many secondary cause including infection or underlying inflammatory conditions. Also bleeding, iron deficiency or people whose spleens have been removed. Sometimes, more associated with older populations conditions associated with primary bone marrow disorders called myleoproliferative disease can be associated with increase platelets. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your wbc level is 14.9?

What does it mean when your wbc level is 14.9?

It usually means: you have an infection somewhere that is causing it to rise above normal. Do you have some type of infection? ...Read more

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What does it mean when your bellirubin is high?

What does it mean when your bellirubin is high?

Bilirubin: Long list of possibilities including gilbert's disease which is harmless, reaction to medication, chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis b or c or other chronic liver diseases . Analysis of a full liver panel as well as additional tests are the best means of defining the cause. See your doctor for further testing if indicated. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?

What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?

Nothing.: Mcv is red cell size. Rdw is the variation in red cell size. A low RDW has no meaning. Gfr is a way of measuring kidney function, and a GFR over 60 is of no concern. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your platelets are low?

What does it mean when your platelets are low?

Thrombocytopenia: It means you could be easily. There are different levels of low platelets. Depending on how low, your overall health, your medications, comorbid medical condition your doctor will determine the proper treatment. Normal level is >150, 000. Most people don't have problems if above 100, 000. Below 100, 000 needs more attention. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your cortisol is too low?

What does it mean when your cortisol is too low?

Low Cortisol: Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands. It is called the stress hormone, and is produced in response to either a physical stress or a mental stress, or both. Cortisol has a diurnal pattern, which means it starts highest in the morning and drops gently, and then is very low at night. Low cortisol is using referring to the flattening of the usual curve so that it is lower than it should be. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the lymphocyte count is high? Is it good or bad? And why?

What does it mean when the lymphocyte count is high? Is it good or bad? And why?

Viral: Usually if we do a blood count for a person with an infection would look at the total white count as well as the differential. A high white count with a lotto neutrophils suggest bacterial infection whereas a white count with a lot of lymphocytes is more suggestive of ireland flexion. There is no value judgment per se whether it is good or bad. It is relative to the problem at hand. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my platelet level is high?

What does it mean if my platelet level is high?

Thrombocytosis: High platelet count is indicative of either a primary bone marrow myeloproliferative disorder or a secondary cause like iron deficiency, stress. Primary disorders include et essential thrombocytosis are driven by jak2 mutation or CML driven by bcrabl mutation. High platelets cause risk of vascular thrombosis, tia, cva, mi. Underlying cause have to be diagnosed and treated to normalize counts. ...Read more

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What can it mean when your hemoglobin is high?

What can it mean when your hemoglobin is high?

See a blood speciali: A hematologist can figure it out. You need to be checked for polycythemia which is a low grade cancer of the blood which is often treated with blood letting although there is a new drug now on the market to treat it. For this you need to consult the hematologist, . ...Read more

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What does it mean when your phosphorus is high what can you do?

What does it mean when your phosphorus is high what can you do?

Kidney disease: The phosphorus level can be high in kidney disease, parathyroid disease, usually with abnormal calcium level. It may be high if taking too much supplement. If you take supplement stop taking it. Discuss with your doctor why was it checked. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your anion gap is high?

What does it mean when your anion gap is high?

Acidosis: It means there is too much acid in your blood at the expense of more negatively charged substances (anions) being consumed (bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)) and chloride) than positively charged substances (unmeasured cations h+), which consume the bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). ...Read more

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What does it mean when your cortisol level is very abnormally low?

What does it mean when your cortisol level is very abnormally low?

Collection time ?: Well it depends on the time of when your cortisol level was checked. Maximal level of cortisol is usually between 5:00a-8:00am with the lowest (nadir) levels being after 5pm (almost zero level by bedtime). If your having symptoms such as malaise, increased napping, headaches, stomach ache or low bs, you may have adrenal insufficiency and will need referral to an endocrinologist for further testing. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my ferritin level is high? What exactly is ferritin anyway?

What does it mean when my ferritin level is high? What exactly is ferritin anyway?

Storage iron: You need a certain amount of the element in storage, but having too much can mate you sick. If very high, you likely have hemochromatosis, which is very Serious but very easy to treat. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your platelet levels are too low?

What does it mean when your platelet levels are too low?

At risk for bleeding: Platelets are the cells in your blood line to help your blood to clot. When they are low, you may bruise easy and it may take longer for bleeding to stop. You need to follow up with your doctor to evaluate for a cause of your low platelets. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your white blood count is low 4.6?

What does it mean if your white blood count is low 4.6?

Get details: "treat the person, not the numbers." unless this is due to a very low absolute count of neutrohils or a very low absolute count of lymphocytes, it should not be a concern. Your physician has the absolute counts. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your WBC is low and your lymphs are high and neutrophils are low what does this mean?

What does it mean if your WBC is low and your lymphs are high and neutrophils are low what does this mean?

Ask your doctor to e: Your doctor is expected to explain what numbers of wmc/neutrophils you have and what it means. I would need to know the actual numbers to be able to interpret this information in your case. Get to know what is normal and what is low and how low it is? Normal WBC count is between 4, 000 to 10, 000 and about half of these numbers should be neutrophils. What are your numbers? ...Read more

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What does it mean when your wbc level is 14.9?

It usually means: you have an infection somewhere that is causing it to rise above normal. Do you have some type of infection? ...Read more

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What does it mean when your WBC is high normal is 4, 600-10, 000 mine is 11, 500?

See below...: It usually means infection but other causes are also possible. It would be important to know what the differential count shows and what is the exact cell type causing the increase. Discussing these results with your doctor is recommended. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your WBC is 13.5 thousand/Mcl and Rdw 15.2% , neutrophils 7820 cells/Mcl, lymphocytes 4280 cells/mcl, and monocytes is 1020?

Nothing: These labs mean nothing in the absence of a clinical history of illness. If you feel well, and there are no abnormal cells reported, ignore them. I can scramble my CBC even more spectacularly after enjoying a cold-water swim. As a pathologist who's devoted my life to lab medicine, I know how to look for disease in lab values, and when not to. If you're not sick, these labs are meaningless. Relax. ...Read more

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What is possible if your WBC, neutrophil absolute, and neutrophil % is high, and lumphocytes are low?

Usually benign: There are many causes for an increased white count and increased neutrophils, but the most common is an infection. The more concerning causes for increased WBC are ususally associated with other blood cell abnormalities, such as immature or abnormal-looking WBCs. If the WBC is very high, it should be rechecked to make sure it goes back down to normal. ...Read more

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If your WBC count goes from 10-11 in a day does that mean a real bad infection?

If your WBC count goes from 10-11 in a day does that mean a real bad infection?

Unlikely...: First, WBC counts of 10k vs. 11k are essentially the same. Such a modest difference is unlikely to be clinically significant. However, more important could be the change in the differential. For example, a significant rise in neutrophil percentage accompanied by a fall in lymphocytes could give nearly the same total WBC count yet indicate profoundly different clinical scenarios. Need more info. ...Read more

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What illness would cause your wbc, platelets, and neutrophils to be low and lymphocytes to be high and then switch after a couple months?

What illness would cause your wbc, platelets, and neutrophils to be low and lymphocytes to be high and then switch after a couple months?

Viral infection: If your lymphocyte count is high, it can be a sign of chronic lymphocytic leukemia or a reaction to a viral or fungal infection. (or both). When the lymphs areup, the other cell lines can be supressed. Further evaluation may be needed. ...Read more

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I recently had a CBC with differential. Can your t-cells be low if your wbc, rbc, platelets, and all lymphocytes were normal? Wouldn't these be lower?

Not necessarily: It would be useful to have the actual counts. A normal WBC count at the low end may still be accompanied by low t cells. 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. ...Read more

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Can pain raise your wbc?

Should not: Infection and other diseases of the blood may cause rises in the WBC count. Smoking can also cause minimal rises in the WBC count. ...Read more

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What causes your WBC to be high mine is 17.4?

Infection: Most commonly an underlying infection will cause your WBC count to elevate. ...Read more

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How high does your WBC get if you have cancer?

How high does your WBC get if you have cancer?

Varies: If a patient has leukemia (white blood cell cancer) it may be very high, in the 100ks. It could also be low with the same diagnosis. Solid tumors can sometimes elevate the WBC if they get necrotic or infected but if the patient is on chemo, they may be low or normal. Confused enough? In a nutshell, it depends on the situation. ...Read more

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Does your WbC elevate with herpes?

Usually not: Primary infection with HSV (the first infection with either HSV1 or 2) might elevate WBC if symptoms are severe, but probably not. For sure recurrent outbreaks do not do so. ...Read more

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What could cause a decrease in your WBC count?

What could cause a decrease in your WBC count?

LOW WBC: You should know why it is low and if it is pathology or normal variation. If it is from a marrow problem, you need to find out what that is. If it is from treatment, it may or may not be indicated. One needs to establish a diagnosis not treat a sign or symptom. ...Read more

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What would make your WBC neutralphils and mixed be high on a cbc? What kind of infection?

What would make your WBC neutralphils and mixed be high on a cbc? What kind of infection?

Lab data: This is quite non-specific insofar as the info you have provided. It may not be due to infection, and many other things can elevate the neutrophile counts, including any inflammation, trauma, leukemia, and so on. You need to provide your symptoms and the remainder of the CBC values for this to have any meaning. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

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