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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Absolute lymphocytes mean?

Absolute lymphocytes mean?

Total number: In a given volume of blood, rather than percentage. It's a more helpful number. Only very marked deviation from the reference range is worrisome. ...Read more

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Tested for second time for low absolute lymphocytes & they are still low. What could be causing this? Any way i can raise it?

Tested for second time for low absolute lymphocytes & they are still low. What could be causing this? Any way i can raise it?

How do you FEEL???: I am going to assume you are hiv-negative & levels are not super-low. My experience in the hospital lab taught me that many people run low lymphocyte counts for long or short periods without any explanation ever being found. If you are without other signs of systemic illness, it's a piece of information for your physician to remember but no threat to you. "treat the person not the number.". ...Read more

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Why would absolute lymphocytes be low?

Why would absolute lymphocytes be low?

Various causes: Most common cause of low lymphocytes are an infection which usually resolves. One of the common causes of low lymphocytes is HIV which affects the lymphocytes and reduces their number. If low, the patient should see a hematologist. ...Read more

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On labs my Absolute Lymphocytes is 1.5 say Low. I'm a 63 female . Should I be concerned with this ?

On labs my Absolute Lymphocytes is 1.5 say Low. I'm a 63 female . Should I be concerned with this ?

It depends: While that level of lymphocytes is low, there are reasons why a person can have low levels, many of which are part of a normal immune response. When a person first encounters a virus or bacteria, neutrophil levels rise, and lymphocyte levels can fall. This switches over a week's time, when lymphocyte levels rise and neutrophils fall. If the overall white cell count is normal, the all is likely ok. ...Read more

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I have symptoms. Had CBC done my absolute lymphocyte count was 1.4 normal was listed as 1.0-4.0. Should I be concerned since it's close to low?

I have symptoms. Had CBC done my absolute lymphocyte count was 1.4 normal was listed as 1.0-4.0. Should I be concerned since it's close to low?

Depends on symptoms: Why did you have the CBC done? What symptoms do you have? Without the critical information, it is hard to give you a fair assessment ...Read more

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What can lead to a low reading of absolute lymphocytes in a blood test?

What can lead to a low reading of absolute lymphocytes in a blood test?

Many possibilities: What is the absolute count? It may be low yet still within the normal limits. Causes of low lymphocyte count, not in any particular order are: active tb, uremia, lymphomas, hodgkin's disease, autoimmune disorders, immune deficiency syndromes, chemotherapeutics, glucocorticoids, malnutrition and more. It would be prudent to consult the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant and my absolute lymphocyte count is 737, I have a cold, could this cause it to be low like this?

I am 26 weeks pregnant and my absolute lymphocyte count is 737, I have a cold, could this cause it to be low like this?

Probably something: more than cold is going on to be sure if that low have the test repeated . If it is still low then see your doctor to look for possible causes such as infection, autoimmune disorders like lupus, medications, etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does high white blood cells, high neutrophils and low lymphocytes indicate? Absolute lymphocytes and all others are normal should I be scared

What does high white blood cells, high neutrophils and low lymphocytes indicate? Absolute lymphocytes and all others are normal should I be scared

High cell counts: Need more information. E.G. What is your age and gender. What are the levels of neutrophils and lmphocytes. Do you have any illness or do you get fevers. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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my WBC was high absolute neutrophils and absolute basophils high absolute lymphocytes were low. As well CD3, helper cells cd4 cd 19 low cd15 16 hig?

 my WBC was high absolute neutrophils and absolute basophils  high absolute lymphocytes were low. As well  CD3, helper cells cd4 cd 19 low cd15 16 hig?

See hematologist.: A disease cannot be diagnosed by a blood test and thus you need to discuss the findings with a hematologist or immunologist depending on what kind of disease condition you have especially if this has been a persistently abnormal finding. ...Read more

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What does 4299 absolute lymphocytes mean? Was having pain under right rib. Had CT w/ocontrast, colscope&endo scope. I have no gb.Blood wk norm except

What does 4299 absolute lymphocytes mean? Was having pain under right rib. Had CT w/ocontrast, colscope&endo scope. I have no gb.Blood wk norm except

Not concerned: Absolute lymphocyte count fluctuates wildly for reasons that are usually totally mysterious -- the immune system is itself chaotic. If your physician is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more

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