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White Blood Counts High
I am a 26yr.Old female and recently I was told both my red and white blood cell counts were high what would be common causes?
Polycythemia.: Too many red blood cells is called polycythemia. It can be primary (a blood disorder) or secondary (a problem with oxygen delivery, such as lung disease, congenital heart or hemoglobin issues, smoking, etc.). The blood disorder polycythemia vera also includes high white counts, as do some secondary causes. See a hematologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had 2 blood tests in 8 months with high white blood counts. I don't feel good & am feeling very jittery & shakey. What does this mean?
Need to investigate: How high were the cell counts? It would help to have the complete report. In any case, blood cell count is not likely to reveal the cause. You need to have an in-person evaluation with a detailed history, physical examination and may be lab and other studies. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more
Not necessory: Usually count will be normal, if tumor is invading an organ count may rise. See your oncologist. ...Read more
I have a 2-1/2 year old that keeps having high white blood counts. She has other symptoms to. Should she have a bone marrow test?
Not necessarily...: 123 meggy, what other symptoms is your daughter having? The high white blood cell count can be due to a variety of disorders from infection to inflammation. A bone marrow test is usually a last resort, however if you can get her to a hematologist, they will be able to do a more extensive study of her blood cells under microscopic examination. Hope this information helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: Normal white blood count/ WBC may range from 4, 600 to 10, 300 cells/ cubic mm. Slight elevation of WBC may be due to stress, infection, inflammation, auto-immune condition, etc. But persistently higher counts may suggest serious conditions including leukemia and lymphoma, esp. If there's accompanying symptoms, -fever, night sweats, weight loss . Go see a dr or a hematologist to appease your fear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone marrow exam: Persistent significant elevations of wbcs and platelets could be a sign of a myeloproliferative disorder such as chronic myeloid leukemia. If they are just marginally elevated it might be normal, but otherwise you may be wise to have a bone marrow biopsy, and probably cytogenetic exam. There are good management options before it becomes an acute leukemia. ...Read more
I had a recent steroid injection for my spinal stenosis.
Now I have premature high white blood counts and have been told to see a hemotoligist.
Not necessarily: While steroids can cause white cell counts to be elevated no matter how delivered (iv, epidural, oral, or in the muscle), this is usually a transient phenomenon that may be noticed for up to 10 days after the dose of steroids. If white blood cell counts continue to be elevated longer than that, you should see your primary care physician first to be evaluated for possible causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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