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Dr. Michael Engel
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Wbc Count (Definition)

White blood cell count. That is, the number of WBC per microlitre of blood. It includes the common types of cells such as neutophils (granulocytes), lymhpocytes, monocytes, and the less ...Read more


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What would be a normal white blood count for a healthy person?

What would be a normal white blood count for a healthy person?

4K-10K: About 4000 to 10000 per microliter. Interference from many medications and conditions and from blood draw itself. ...Read more

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Can you have leukemia with a normal white blood count?

Can you have leukemia with a normal white blood count?

Yes: It's fairly uncommon, more something you'll see in kids' leukemias. The cells are in the bone marrow but choose not to circulate. The key to leukemias is more about abnormal cells crowding out good ones. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a normal white blood count, and end up diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome from a bone marrow biopsy?

Is it possible to have a normal white blood count, and end up diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome from a bone marrow biopsy?

Yes: It is a little confusing, but it is possible. We have 3 different cell lines in our blood: white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets or clotting cells. They all start their maturation in the marrow with young forms that evolve in mature, circulating cells. Myelodysplasia can affect 1, 2 or all cell lines and will eventually affect the number and/or the proportion of immature forms in blood ...Read more

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Is white blood count 7.2 normal ? What value is considered abnormal ?

Is white blood count 7.2 normal ? What value is considered abnormal ?

Normal Values: Normal values are set based on age and specific labs. That said, 7.2 WBC is generally right in the midrange of normal for total WBC's. Generally, for adults, a WBC count of 5.0 to 10.0 is normal. Doctors often look at not just the total number of WBC's but also what type and how many of each type fo WBC a person has in the blood. The two together help determine "normal" vs "abnormal". ...Read more

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My white blood count 's result show that it is 12.71 while the reference is ( 4.00-12.00) . Is it normal or serious?

My white blood count 's result show that it is 12.71 while the reference is ( 4.00-12.00) . Is it normal or serious?

Likely normal: Do you have any symptoms? Why was the cell count done? Do you have any infection or fever? Are you on any medication? There are many reasons for the WBC count to be mildly elevated, as it may be in your case. It is also possible that 12.7 is your normal count. If you have any symptoms, discuss those with the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Can a baby with high white blood count be normal that way, and not be infected?

Can a baby with high white blood count be normal that way, and not be infected?

High is relative: It is known that stress releases hormonal factors that cause white cells to enter the flowing blood from their resting sites along the blood vessel wall. Most would agree that labor and delivery incur some level of stress on baby.That factor broadens the range of "expected" white cell count at birth to 9, 000-30, 000 and 24h from 9, 400-34, 000.Other parameters must be examined to look for infection. ...Read more

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What causes high white blood count along with high absolute monocytes levels show?

What causes high white blood count along with high absolute monocytes levels show?

Infection: Elevated WBC count is usually a response to an infection. The elevated monocytes may mean that you have a chronic infection or an autoimmune condition. You are taking methylprednisolone which is also used to treat the symptoms of an autoimmune condition so the elevated monocytes may be due to the condition that you are taken that med for. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 59 years old had blood work done and my white blood count is 3.4 is it danger or is this normal?

Probably normal.: If you feel fine this is probably normal. A single lab value is not very helpful. Need to know what labs have looked like in past and under what circumstances this one was drawn. Were you sick or displaying symptoms? If so you most certainly weren't normal and your labs might be expected to be outside normal. Ask the doc who drew your labs for more specific advice. ...Read more

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All normal blood work results. Good readings. Slightly elevated white blood count. Cause for concern?

All normal blood work results. Good readings. Slightly elevated white blood count. Cause for concern?

Out of context: There is no valid answer to this question without a medical history, physical exam and the reason the tests were performed. ...Read more

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What could cause my sons white blood count to go to 65, 000? When my son was 7 years old, his white blood count was 65, 000. I heard normal was between 4, 800 and 10, 500. He was checked for leukemia and they said it did not look like it was leukemia.

What could cause my sons white blood count to go to 65, 000? When my son was 7 years old, his white blood count was 65, 000.  I heard normal was between 4, 800 and 10, 500.  He was checked for leukemia and they said it did not look like it was leukemia.

A : A white blood cell count can be elevated in infection, dehydration, trauma and in neoplastic processes. Several tests to evaluate the blood, look at the cells and the antigens on the cells all help in the evaluation. The highest cell counts are often in the setting of neoplasia. ...Read more

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If your white blood count is normal, but your neut is 5 points below range, and lymph is 2 points above, is that bad? All else was perfect,feel fine.

If your white blood count  is normal, but your neut is 5 points below range, and lymph is 2 points above, is that bad? All else was perfect,feel fine.

Lab test variability: The upper and lower normal ranges for lab tests are determined by how far the value is from average, so 5% of people will be abnormal" in any particular lab test. So I ran 20 lab tests on anyone then at least one would be "abnormal", but you could still be totally healthy. In general, small shifts in lymphycytes & neutrophils less than 10% in an otherwise healthy person should not be worrisome. ...Read more

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My sons c reactive protein level is 4.2 but white blood count is ok. What does this mean?

My sons c reactive protein level is 4.2 but white blood count is ok. What does this mean?

CRP: C-reactive protein (CRP) is just an indication of inflammation going on in the body. That level is very mild elevation, and could be seen with even something as minor as a cold or a local infection from a bug bite. Don't get hung up on lab values - focus more on how your child feels and is doing. What was the reason they checked these things in the first place -start with that and discuss with doc. ...Read more

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What causes a high white blood count with platelets in the mid-normal range?

Many conditions: Many conditions cause an elevated WBC count. They include bacterial infections, corticosteroid or lithium administration, many inflammatory conditions, hemolysis, granulocyte stimulating factor administration, leukemias etc. ...Read more

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What is elevated levels of ESR and low white blood count indicate during pregnancy?

What is elevated levels of ESR and low white blood count indicate during pregnancy?

See below: Esr's in pregnancy are predictive of nothing. There are several causes of low WBC (including pregnancy. Talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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If white blood count is around normal but u have c diff what does that mean? Wouldn't it be higher to fight off infection

If white blood count is around normal but u have c diff what does that mean? Wouldn't it be higher to fight off infection

Confined to the gut: Despite popular wisdom, the white blood cells that fight bacteria often are not increased in the blood unless the infection is severe and involves much of the body, or they are actually multiplying in the bloodstream. I understand you are recovering from a c. Difficile diarrhea and you can rest assured many of your friendly white cells are in your gut helping fight these nasty bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Ruma
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Blood Count (Definition)

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