my mother just got the results of blood test as part of her annual physical. she seems to be in great physical health. it seems that her white blood count is high and her red blood count is low. what would cause this? what are steps to check it out?
Hi there. Good to know that your mother is in the ace of her health. A low rbc count could be due to mild anemia secondary to blood loss. Among wbcs, an increase in neutrophils is due to an acute infection, gout, rheumatoid arthritis; trauma etc. and increase in lymphocytes can be due to chronic bacterial infection, infectious hepatitis, multiple myeloma a viral infection like infectious mononucleosis or recovery from a bacterial infection. This is with significant increase, mild increase in cells can be acceptable. Consult a physician for evaluation of any of these clinical scenarios if theres an increase. Take care.
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