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Ken Starnes
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What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

Infection/dehydratio: White blood cells (WBC) are those cells that help fight off infection. The most common reason for an increase is infection, but could indicate a drug reaction, or even some cancers. High red blood cell (rbc) are the cells that carry oxygen to/carbon dioxide from your bodies tissues. High count could be dehydration, heart disease, or low oxygen levels in blood. A doctor can interpret results. ...Read more

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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


Dr. Liawaty Ho
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I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

D/w your doctor: How is your period? Is it heavy? What is your ferritin? Hemoglobin? You should see your doctor and discuss with your doctor about your blood work result. You are anemic and your serum iron is low. You may have an iron deficiency anemia which is related to your heavy cycle perhaps vs other kind of anemia. Wbc can be elevated in different settings-like bleeding, infection, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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What do both high red and white blood count levels along with low MCH levels and high absolute Neutrophil levels mean on a CBC lab test?

What do both high red and white blood count levels along with low MCH levels and high absolute Neutrophil levels mean on a CBC lab test?

Can't tell: without more information. Discuss this with your physician to interpret how this fits with your symptoms, physical findings, known conditions, etc. Good luck1 ...Read more

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Just recieved my blood results back. White blood count is 13.2 , red is 4.12 , hemoglobin is 12.6 , hematocrrit is 37.8 and absolute neutrophils is 9544. What does this mean.

You : You have a high white blood cell count and an above average absolute neutrophil count. This usually indicates some type of bacterial infection, however these results need to be interpreted by the doctor that ordered them in conjunction with your clinical presentation. All the best. ...Read more

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What can cause both your red and white blood count to increase?

It depends on how: Much of an increase is seen. A possibility would be myeloproliferative disease such as polycythemia ruba vera. ...Read more

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Can red or white blood count change dramatically overnight on tegretol...or would it be caught with bloodwork every 6 months?

Can red or white blood count change dramatically overnight on tegretol...or would it be caught with bloodwork every 6 months?

Check 10-11 epoxide: A build up of Carbamazepine 10-11 epoxide can lead to bone marrow suppression after a period in rare instances. Have the CBC re-checked along with a 10-11 epoxide level. If it is elevated you can be switched to another agent like Trileptal or Trokendi ( Oxcarbamazepine) which is basically Tegretol with a hydroxyl side group that cannot be converted to the epoxide. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Dahmes
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Tegretol 600, klonopin3.0, lamictal100, cymbalta 60, vytoryn 10/20 worried about liver.Get checked 4 times yearly.And red/white blood count twice yearly?

Get them checked: Absolutely. I would also be concerned about drug-drug interactions among these meds. Have your doc do a drug interaction check with an appropriate app or software package, such as epocrates. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I have been getting red blotches on my legs and arms. I am concerned about my red and white blood count. Help?

Platelets: Red blotches are more likely to be due platelet issues rather than red or white cells. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and may be doing some tests. ...Read more

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