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Is it true that a white blood cell count can show you have brain swelling?

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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Not specific

White blood cell counts are an indication of infection.
Brain infection can cause this, but i would assume a cluster of other symptoms that are significant would make one look to the central nervous system, rather than a WBC count. Medical attention is required for a proper differential diagnosis. Good luck!

In brief: Not specific

White blood cell counts are an indication of infection.
Brain infection can cause this, but i would assume a cluster of other symptoms that are significant would make one look to the central nervous system, rather than a WBC count. Medical attention is required for a proper differential diagnosis. Good luck!
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Dr. Ephraim Hochberg
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Maybe

Patients with a concussion or cerebral edema can often have an elevated white count but an elevated white count alone is not specific evidence of brain edema.

In brief: Maybe

Patients with a concussion or cerebral edema can often have an elevated white count but an elevated white count alone is not specific evidence of brain edema.
Dr. Ephraim Hochberg
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