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What does it mean to have low absolute monocytes?

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

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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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?

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

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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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?

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

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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What does it mean if my monocytes are low and neutrophils are high?

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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What does a low lymphocyte and high monocyte mean?

What does a low lymphocyte and high monocyte mean?

Depends: This depends upon what is abnormal. If the percentages of lymphs are low and monos high, it is likely that some stress has caused an increase of cortisol level, driving both of these changes. If the absolute levels of these cell types are abnormal, there could be a more serious infection or a bone marrow disorder that requires further investigation. ...Read more

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What does low WBC and high monocytes mean?

Hard to comment: Without the actual numbers. How low? The monocytes may be a relative increase and not absolute. Ie a high percentage of a lower number may be perfectly normal in total number. ...Read more

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