Patients not Labs. Doctors treat patients not labs, and with good reason. 90% of diagnoses are made via medical history and physical examination (something not currently practical via the internet). Labs are used to confirm or rule out specific concerns. What your labs means, depends on your specifics. The results may be important or insignificant; you need to check with your doctor.
I have a patient that has acute pancreatitis from hyperlipedemia and lab values are out of wack why? (high wbc, low rbc, low hematocrit, low sodium, high chloride)
Pediatric cancer? Low RBC, low WBC, low platelets, low IGM, high MCV, low neutrophils, low monocytes and low eosinophils, occasional myelocytes,
Tough set of labs. Suppression of multiple cell lines certainly is a concerning finding on a CBC. Yes, there are pediatric cancers that may present with this type of blood test results. Talking to your heme/onc specialist as soon as possible would be advisable! But don't jump to conclusions because a specialist with the "whole picture" may give you a very surprising answer! Read more...