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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What does it mean to have low absolute monocytes?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Not much: There are no specific disorders associated with low monocyte count. If you are otherwise well, do not worry about a low monocyte count. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I have Lupus. What does it mean if my absolute monocytes are Low. Test results say it is 156.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I have Lupus. What does it mean if my absolute monocytes are Low. Test results say it is 156.

See below: 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. Having said that, a monocyte count of 156 is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Mitzi Johnson
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If a 3 year old has low absolute monocytes(0.3) and low neutrophil %(28.3) what does it mean? Do i need a follow up?

Dr. Mitzi Johnson
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If a 3 year old has low absolute monocytes(0.3) and low neutrophil %(28.3) what does it mean? Do i need a follow up?

It depends: It depends on the clinical picture and why the test was done. For monocytes usually, one low count is not medically significant. Same for neutrophils. What does matter is the pattern and direction of the trend. So yes check in with you child's pediatrician to assess the significance of these results for your child. ...Read more

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Dr. Lori Semel
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My daughter has low WBC 3.7 low Neutrophils Absolute 1.4 and low Monocytes Absolute 0.1 what do these mean?

Dr. Lori Semel
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My daughter has low WBC 3.7 low Neutrophils Absolute 1.4 and low Monocytes Absolute 0.1 what do these mean?

Depends: It can be just a transient decrease after a viral infection. The blood test needs to be repeated to see if it is accurate or in response to an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
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I have low WBC (3.4) and low monocyte absolute (170). I have been feeling really tired and having headaches. What could this mean?

Dr. Philip Miller
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I have low WBC (3.4) and low monocyte absolute (170). I have been feeling really tired and having headaches. What could this mean?

Viral/mono: this can be from a viral infection or infectiousmononucleosis. Get a mono spot test and exam. Certainly repeat the CBC in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I have been having some issues with inflammation in my joints. My blood panel was normal but with low monocyte % and low monocyte absolute. Im confused as to what it could mean.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I have been having some issues with inflammation in my joints.  My blood panel was normal but with low monocyte % and low monocyte absolute.  Im confused as to what it could mean.

Nothing: Take it from a pathologist. Low absolute or % of monocytes never means anything if everything else looks okay. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajainder Shergill
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What does it mean to have a high monocytes and low neutrophils absolute count while I am taking Nexavar, a chemotherapy for advanced thyroid cancer?

Dr. Ajainder Shergill
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What does it mean to have a high monocytes and low neutrophils absolute count while I am taking Nexavar, a chemotherapy for advanced thyroid cancer?

Effect of chemo: Low neutrophils are expected with chemotherapy agents, as the drugs destroy them (in the process of destroying the cancerous cells.) High monocyte count can be due to an infection or inflammation. Also, as the blood counts recover after a dose of chemo, the monocyte count can also be temporarily improved. Good luck with your cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Hello. My monocyte count is in normal range but my abs monocyte count is low. What does this mean?

Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Hello.  My monocyte count is in normal range but my abs monocyte count is low.  What does this mean?

Hard to say.: One lab value is pretty meaningless. Any result needs to be considered in light of the symptoms being treated. If you are otherwise fine, consider repeating it if you are concerned in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I have a low heamoglobin and high monocyte count. What does this mean?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I have a low heamoglobin and high monocyte count. What does this mean?

Big picture: Low hemoglobin always requires a workup. It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary item like thal minor to something serious. Ignore the percentage counts of different white cells; if the absolute monocyte count is more than 1000 (assuming all normally-formed), it might point to something but only if there are other symptoms / signs. ...Read more

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Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
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What does it mean if my monocytes are low and neutrophils are high?

Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What does it mean if my monocytes are low and neutrophils are high?

Relative v.absolute?: The percentages can be misleading. One must really look at the absolute amounts of both. Depending on the circumstances, a true absolute neutrophilia may be caused by a list of conditions too long to list here. In most cases, the low monocyte count is due to the relative expansion of neutrophils (infections, smoking, trauma, autoimmune conditions, even some cancers). Your md should be able to help. ...Read more

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