My husband passed a stone today (very painful) and was taken to the
emergency room. They found a high white blood cell count (blood test)
and I would like to know if this is common or could it be something else.
He is seeing a uroligist (sp) and his family doctor later this week but I am very
worried about this elevated white blood cell count.
The high WBC count could be a part of the inflammatory reactions accompanying the presence and passage of the stone.
However, other conditions that can cause high WBC count include infections. This is determined based on the type of white cell that is increased. If the increase is in the neutrophil count, the problem is due to bacterial infection; if in lymphocytes, the problem could be due to viral infection or acute inflammation.
Some cancers can also present with an increase in WBC count, but this need not be the case with your husband. The WBC count should settle down with antibiotic treatment and other supportive treatments.
Do keep us posted on any further doubts in this regard.
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