My 15 years old cousin feels breathing problem so admited in hospital at 12:30am. BP 11O/90, PR 130, TEMP 98. She given oxygen and fluid. At 2:30am she started shouting and look like abnormal so she given injection to sleep. Morning 10:00am tests like CBC conducted. At 1:00pm doctor said that WBC is 40000 and need to shift nearest city hyderabad's hospital. But on the way at 6:00pm she found died.
Q 1. What was the desease?
Q 2. Is this possible of deith duo to WBC 4OOOO?
Q 3. Any relation between WBC and blood cancer?
Q 4. How it is possible a healthy person die after two days of ill?
1. The cause that first comes to mind is pneumonia. The worst cancers can kill in months, but pneumonia can kill in days.
2. Her high WBC count might have been a "leukemoid reaction". Leukemia can give a high WBC count, but won't kill so quickly. A leukemoid reaction gives high WBC counts just as with cancer, but actually comes from infection/inflammation instead.
3. Yes, leukemia means that the WBCs are multiplying out of control.
4. If it was pneumonia. then quick onset of death usually only occurs in infants or elderly - or in people who have a weakened immune system. Pneumonia caused by bacteria is more angers than pneumonia caused by a virus, but oftentimes a virus can pave the way foe the bacteria to thrive. However, a bacterial pneumonia usually comes with a fever.
There was a famous man named Jim Hensen (who created the Muppets) who died from a bacterial pneumonia. His doctors didn't diagnose it at the beginning because he didn't have the expected fever. The bacteria then got out of control and spread to all his organs.
If not pneumonia, then maybe some much more rare cause was involved. Whatever caused the high WBCs also caused the death, but having high WBCs doesn't cause a quick death in itself.
If she had a "differential" to show which of the WBCs were high (lymphocytes or neutrophils or some other cell) then that would help to diagnose the cause.
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