My sister in law has a rare blood disorder called Familial Mediterranean fever. My husband is a carrier and we think that my son has it. He's showing some of the symptoms, but not all, and we don't really know that much about it. I was looking online today and it said that it causes elevated white blood count. I don't understand what that means, he was in the hospital two weeks ago for three days because his wbc was 23, he was dehydrated, and his fever was up to 104.2. He'd been running a fever for four days and it wouldn't break. What does elevated wbc mean?
Typically, your white blood cell count is elevated when your body is trying to fight off an infection. They are the cells that "attack" the invaders (bacteria, etc.)I'm not familiar with the hereditary disease you spoke about, but a high WBC generally leads to a diagnosis of some type of infection.
Have you had him specifically tested for this disorder?
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.