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White blood cell count, also known as Leukocyte count or WBC count, or White count.There are five main types of white blood cell counts: neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils.
A white blood cell (WBC) count is the number of white blood cells per volume of blood reported in thousands in a microliter or millions in a liter of blood.
Do you have a high white blood cell count? There are a variety of reasons for a high white blood cell count. A white blood cell count is high when leukocytes (white blood cells) are helping your body to fight an infection in your bodythere are more disease fighting cells in your body. A high white blood cell count is also called leukocytosis. But It is important to be aware that a high white blood cell count does not identify a specific problem...
What causes a high white blood cell count? I am worried because my doctor tells me my white blood cell count is too high.
We can explain to you the various possible causes of a high white blood cell (WBC) count, but you need to be investigated by your own doctor, who knows you, your medical history and can treat you appropriately only after a diagnosis has been made.
White blood cells (leukocytes) help fight infection in your body. A normal white blood cell count
is between 4,500 and 10,000 cells per microliter. A high white blood cell count (leukocytosis) isn't a specific disease. But it may indicate an underlying problem that requires medical evaluation. There are several possible causes for a high white blood cell count.
Causes of a high white blood cell count include: Infection - Severe physical or emotional stress - Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids, antibiotics or anti-seizure drugs - Chronic bone marrow diseases such as a myeloproliferative disorder ( The chronic myeloproliferative disorders are polycythemia vera (PV), myelofibrosis (MF), essential thrombocythemia (ET), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) ) - Acute or chronic leukemia - Tissue damage, such as from burns.
A Low-grade fever is not serious unless it becomes chronic with accompanying symptoms. The body uses this fever to fight infection, whether it be viral or bacterial. It is not necessary to treat a low-grade fever with medication. It is important to be aware, as mentioned above that a high white count does not identify a specific problem. Instead, it may indicate an underlying condition and should be evaluated by your doctor.
The treatment for leukocytosis, or a high white blood cell count, depends upon the cause. Only an investigation by your doctor can identify the appropriate treatment.
The tests performed to find the cause for an elevated white blood cell count will vary depending on the individual, his/her clinical presentation, and his/her medical history. Sometimes blood tests or an investigation of the medications an individual is taking may be enough to determine the cause. Individuals who present with symptoms or other abnormal laboratory tests that are concerning for a bone marrow disorder may require a bone marrow biopsy, a procedure used to remove soft tissue from inside the bone, for further analysis.
If you are concerned about a high white blood cell count, talk to your doctor to find out what tests might be appropriate for you.