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Dr. Fred McCurdy Dr. McCurdy
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis
41 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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High levels of white blood cells in urine. What could that mean?

High levels of white blood cells in urine. What could that mean?

Pyuria: White blood cells in urine usually are there because of an infection in the urinary tract. However, they can also be there in large numbers in a female when there is a vaginal infection or when she is having her period (always see red cells also in this situation). My best advice is to see your doctor and have a urine culture done to see what is going on. ...Read more

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is it when you you have to much ESR in your blood and raised white blood cells?

What is it when you you have to much ESR in your blood and raised white blood cells?

ESR: The erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a non-specific measure of inflammation. A high number of WBC can either be due to dehydration, a secondary increase in RBC from another condition or a primary condition (erythrocytosis). This can only be interpreted in the context of your clinical condition and cannot be assessed solely as a lab value. Chat with your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Told raised white blood cells show fighting infection, can it be specific as to where infection is?

Told raised white blood cells show fighting infection, can it be specific as to where infection is?

No: Elevated WBC of the neutrophil variety does go along with bacterial infection, but does not localize the infection. ...Read more

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae Dr. Waghmarae
Pain Management
35 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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Coughing up blood. Blood test showed raised white blood cells. Lots of boils. Pain in shoulder back and fingers. Tired all time. Loss of appetite?

Coughing up blood. Blood test showed raised white blood cells. Lots of boils. Pain in shoulder back and fingers. Tired all time. Loss of appetite?

Blood cough: Okay you need to go and see your doctor asap. Coughing up blood is not a normal thing. Also you have raised wc's and pain and tiredness - this points to an infection usually bacterial. You need a chest x-ray and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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What does white blood cells mean if 18000?

What does white blood cells mean if 18000?

A bit high: White blood cells roll along the sides of the blood vessels and release into the bloodstream if inflammatory signals occur (infection, injury, autoimmune disease, etc). It is usually transient and returns to normal as the inflammatory environment becomes quenched. The count usually must be higher and persist for longer (and is associated with telltale symptoms) before considering cancer or other ...Read more

Dr. Mandakini Patel Dr. Patel
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
M. S. University of Baroda Medical College
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What does white blood cells mean if low?

What does white blood cells mean if low?

Low WBC: It could either mean your body is producing less or your body is using up more, it isusually the first one though. You should see your doctor asap if you suspect this. It should not be ignored as it could be serious. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Woods Dr. Woods
Pathology
24 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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My white blood cells are 17500. What exactly does that mean?

My white blood cells are 17500. What exactly does that mean?

Get it worked up,,: This can be an infection in your body somewhere, but it might be something else. If it is infectious in nature, you would likely have other symptoms like fever and chills and a general feeling of malaise or being tired. Otherwise, a possible blood disorder should be ruled out. The first best step is to see your doctor for an initial work-up/evaluation to get an accurate idea. Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. Evan Altman Dr. Altman
Psychiatry
15 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my urine?

What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my urine?

White blood cells: White blood cells are not normally found in the urine. Leukocytes/wbcs indicate that inflammatory/infectious process is occurring, especially if rbcs are not present to support the idea of whole blood in the urine. Lab findings must be taken in a clinical context; we need to know what symptoms, issues, or other info available if any to help evaluate. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What does it mean if I have high white blood cells in my urine?

What does it mean if I have high white blood cells in my urine?

White blood cells: The presence of white blood cells suggests inflammation, probably due to infection. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What exactly does it mean when your red and white blood cells are elevated?

Lots: Of potential answers here. Could be as simple as an infection and associated dehydration. Also could be a myeloproliferative disease. ...Read more

Dr. Jalal Zuberi Dr. Zuberi
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College
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What can it mean having white blood cells in your urine and how should I deal?

What can it mean having white blood cells in your urine and how should I deal?

White cells in Urine: White cells in urine mean inflammation some where in the urinary system. Most commonly it is due to infection, starting from the outer genital area all the way upto the kidneys. Besides infection, other causes of inflammation like stones, anywhere in the urinary system can also cause WBC's in urine. The best thing is to repeat the test after good hydration and persue it with your treating doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Jacob Petrosky Dr. Petrosky
Surgery
5 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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What could white blood cells in my blood and two weeks later in my urine mean?

What could white blood cells in my blood and two weeks later in my urine mean?

Possible UTI: White blood cells are not common in the urine unless there is a kidney or bladder infection. You should have another urine test to determine whether bacteria is the cause of your White blood cells in the urine. ...Read more

Dr. Nadine Yassa Dr. Yassa
Neurology
36 years in practice
University of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Health risk and cures for a person whose blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?

Depends: If your WBC count is just slightly low that could be due to a recent viral infection and it will return to normal. If the WBC is consistently low with no reasonable explanation then you should be checked by a hematologist. ...Read more

Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine
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White blood cells and co2 high what would this mean?

White blood cells and co2  high what would this mean?

It depends: It will be difficult to come to a diagnosis with only these 2 things, but could be due to ? Polycythemia. Need more information. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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What does it mean when your white blood cells are high?

SOMETHING : Inflammatory, infectious, or blood cancer is ocurring in your body. Depends on how high also. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

Too little info: The look analysis is usually done by a machine where the cells rapidly flow through a small tube. You should speak to your doc about all the factors they measured and the meanings of each. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What does it mean when you have to many white blood cells?

Leukocytosis: May mean infection, leukemia, inflammation systemically, high steroid levels. You need to integrate this value with clinical assessment. Cannot be interpreted without further info. ...Read more

Dr. Christian Schultheis Dr. Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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What does it mean when your white blood cells are always high?

What does it mean when your white blood cells are always high?

Many things: Can be a normal variant, could be a myeloproliferative disorder, could be an infection, however, unlikely if always high. Another thought it could be a chronic inflammatory disorder. Hope this helps. Needs to be evaluated. ...Read more